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COHASSET 




TOWN REPORT 



2001 



ANNUAL REPORT 

of the 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 
of the FINANCIAL AFFAIRS 

of the 
TOWN OF COHASSET 

Reports of the School Committee 

and the 
Reports of Other Town Officers 




FOR THE YEAR ENDING 
DECEMBER 31, 2001 



Town of Cohasset 

incorporated 1770 
Population January 2001 — 7789 



President of the United States of America 
George W. Bush 



Massachusetts Senators 

Edward M. Kennedy 

John F. Kerry 



Tenth Congressional District 
Representative William D. Delahunt 



Norfolk and Plymouth Senatorial District 
Senator Robert L. Hedlund 



Third Plymouth Representational District 
Representative Garrett Bradley 



Annual Town Meeting 
Last Saturday In March 



Election of Officers 
Within 35 days of the Annual Town Meeting 



IN MEMORIAM 



Anthony F. Fasciano - January 1, 2001 

Town Hall Building Committee 



Dennis W. Kuntz - January 3, 2001 

School Teacher 



Gertrude Waldfogei - May 8, 2001 

Election Worker 



Gertrude E. Young - September 3, 2001 

School Teacher 



Patricia C. Buclciey - September 12, 2001 

Conservation Commission 
Republican Town Committee 



Jean B. Cotton - October 6, 2001 

Advisory Board 

League of Woman Voters 

Social Service League 



John Mullett - October 28, 2001 

Personnel Committee 



ELECTED OFFICIALS- TOWN OF COHASSET 



SELECTMEN - 3 YEAR TERM 


TERM EXPIRES 


Frederick R. Koed 


2002 


Roseanne M. McMorris 


2002 


Michael H. Sullivan 


2003 


Merle S. Brown 


2004 


Thomas J. Callahan 


2004 


MODERATOR - 3 YEAR TERM 




George L. Mariette, III 


2002 


TOWN CLERK - 3 YEAR TERM 




Marion L. Douglas 


2002 


ASSESSORS - 3 YEAR TERM 




William B. Smith 


2002 


Michael C. Patrolia 


2003 


Elsa Miller 


2004 


SCHOOL COMMITTEE - 3 YEAR TERM 




Stephanie B. Noble 


2002 


Richard F. Flynn 


2003 


Chartis L. Tebbetts 


2003 


Mark DeGiacomo 


2004 


Patricia Martin 


2004 


TRUSTEES PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY - 3 YEAR TERM 


Sheila Evans 


2002 


Roger L. Lowe 


2002 


Roger S. Whitley 


2002 


Agnes McCann 


2003 


Patience G. Towie 


2003 


Carol Riley 


2003 


June S. Hubbard 


2004 


Sarah R. Pease 


2004 


Barbara Power 


2004 



BOARD OF HEALTH - 3 YEAR TERM 


TERM EXPIRES 


Robin R. Lawrence 


2002 


Margaret S. Chapman 


2003 


Stephen N. Bobo 


2004 


COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY - 5 YEAR TERM 




Ralph Peroncello 


2002 


Richard Silvia 


2003 


Ann Barrett 


2004 


Joanne Young 


2005 


John Muncey 


2006 


PLANNING BOARD - 5 YEAR TERM 




Alfred S. Moore 


2002 


Robert H. Sturdy 


2003 


William Good 


2004 


C. Christopher Ford 


2005 


Peter J. Pratt 


2006 


RECREATION COMMISSION - 5 YEAR TERM 




David R. Marks 


2002 


Lillian Murray Curley 


2002 


Mary K. Muncey 


2002 


Richard Barrow 


2003 


Anthony J. Carbone 


2004 


Wallace B. St. John 


2005 


Frederick H. Grassie, Jr. 


2006 


SEWER COMMISSIONERS - 3 YEAR TERM 




Raymond Kasperowicz 


2002 


R. Gary Vanderwell, Jr. 


2003 


Sean Cunning 


2004 


WATER COMMISSIONERS - 3 YEAR TERM 




Glenn A. Pratt 


2002 


John K. McNabb, Jr. 


2003 


Robert E. Kassameyer 


2004 



TOWN OFFICERS APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Town Manager/ Chief Procurement Officer Term Expires 

Mark W. Haddad 2002 

Town Counsel 

Paul R. DeRensis 2002 

TOWN OFFICERS APPOINTED BY TOWN MANAGER 

ADA Co-coordinator 

Robert M. Egan 2002 

Animal Control Officer 

Paul W. Murphy 2002 

Assessor/ Appraiser 

Cheryl Pooler 2003 

Board of Health Director 

Joseph Godzik 2003 

Building Inspector/Zoning Officer 

Robert M. Egan 2002 

Chief of Police 

Brian W. Noonan 2002 

Sergeants of Police Under Civil Service 

David C. Cogill 
John C. Conte 
Robert W. Jackson 
David J. Pomarico 



Patrolmen Under Civil Service Term Expires 

Lawrence D. Ainsiie 
Brian Curran 
Frederick H. Grassie 
Garrett A. Hunt 
Gregory J. Lennon 
Lisa M. Mates 
James P. McLean 
Shellee L. Peters 
William P. Quigley 
John H. Small 
Christy J. Tarantino 
Jeffrey R. Treanor 
Richard Yocum 

Civilian Dispatch 

Adrianne Davenport 
Patricia Douglas 
Sasha Geddes 
Kristen Green 
Thomas WIgmore 

Constable - 3 Year Term 

Maria A. Plante 2003 

Civil Defense and Emergency Preparedness 

Arthur H. Lehr. Jr. 2002 

Council of Elder Affairs 

Kathleen Bryanton 2003 

D.P.W. Superintendent 

Harold W. Litchfield ^ 2002 



Director of Finance/ Town Accountant 


Term Expires 


J. Michael Buckley, Jr. 


2003 


Fence Viewers 




Kearin A. Dunn 


2002 


Glenn A. Pratt 


2002 



Fire Chief 



Roger W. Lincoln 



2002 



Fire Department Under Civil Service 



Randy Belanger 
Paul T. Bllodeau 
Shawn Brennan 
Richard Covino 
James F. Curley 
Hugh Devlin 
John J. Dockray 
Thomas P. Finegan 
James E. Fieri 
James Lee Gurry 
John M. Hernan 
William T. Litchfield 
Frances X. Mahoney, Jr. 
Matthew B. Marr 
Laura C. Morrison 
Robert F. Protulis 
William J. Protulis 
Randall W. Rosano 
James P. Runey 
Robert D. Silvia 
Edward J. Struzik 
Mark H. Trask 
Eric Wenzlow 



Firefighter/Paramedic 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter/Paramedic 

Firefighter/Paramedic 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter/Paramedic 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter 

Captain/EMT 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter/Paramedic 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter 

Firefighter 

Captain 

Captain/EMT 

Firefighter 

Captain 

Firefighter/EMT 



Forest Warden 

Roger W. Lincoln 
Harbor IVIaster 



John H. Winters III 



2004 



Assistant Harbor Masters Term Expires 

Robert D. Baggs 2002 

Clifford J. Dickson 2002 

Lorren S. Gibbons 2002 

Robert A. Johnson 2002 

William Kelly 2002 

John D. Muncey 2002 

Christy J. Tarantino 2002 

Keeper of the Town Clock 

Noel A. Ripley 2002 

Library Director 

Janet Husband 2003 

Lockup Keepers 

Brian W. Noonan 
Robert W. Jackson 

Measures of Wood and Bark 

Brian W. Noonan 

Plumbing and Gas Inspector 

William Higgins 2002 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Robert M. Egan 2002 

Shellfish Constables 

Clifford Dickson 2003 

John H. Winters, III 2004 

Shellfish Deputy 

Rocco R. Laugelle 2003 

Robert D. Baggs 2003 

John H. Winters, III 2004 



Town Archivist Term Expires 

' David H. Wadsworth . 2002 
Town Planner 

Elizabeth B. Harrington 2004 
Treasurer/Collector 

Joseph A. Davit, Jr. 2002 
Director of Veteran Services 

Noel A. Ripley 2002 

BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND REPRESENTATIVES 
APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Advisory Board on County Expenditures 

Merle S. Brown 2003 

Cohasset Cultural Councel 

Suzanne 8. Terry 2002 

David T. Lehr 2002 

Michael R. Westcott 2002 

Celine Eymer 2002 

Doug Eymer 2002 

Laurel Martinez 2002 

Mary A. Foley 2003 

Diane M. Kennedy 2003 

Shirley T. Tewksbury 2003 
Three (3) Vacancies 



Cemetery Study Committee 

Joseph M. Curley 
James H. Oilman 
Julianna D. Hassan 
Joseph L. Jerz 
Glenn A. Pratt 



Civilian Dispatch Committee Term Expires 

Brian W. Noonan - Police Chief 
Roger W. Lincoln - Fire Chief 
Mark W. Haddad - Town Manager 

Cohasset Common Historic District Commission 

Gall Parks (District Resident) 2003 

Mary Jane Larson (District Resident) 2003 

Jacqueline B. Clark (Licensed Realtor) 2003 

Marian Atkinson (District Resident) 2004 

Gary W. Gardner (Architect) 2004 

D. Alex Adkins (District Resident) 2004 

John Hovorka (Historical Society) 2004 
Two (2) Alternate Vacancies 

Community Preservation Committee 

Stuart Ivemey, Resident 2002 

David McMorris, Resident 2002 

Jeff Wahl, Resident 2002 

Al Moore, Planning Board 2003 

Nancy Barrett, Senior Housing 2003 

Paula Kozol, Historical Commission 2003 

Jim Dedes, Conservation Committee 2004 

Deborah Cook, Open Space Committee 2004 

Thomas J. Callahan, Selectmen 2004 

Conservation Commission 

Deborah S. Cook 2002 

Susan G. Cope 2003 

James G. Dedes 2003 

Edward Graham 2004 

Veneta Roebuck 2004 

Virginia A. Brophy 2004 
One (1) Vacancy 



Commission on Disabilities 

Lance Norris 2003 

Four (4) Vacancies 



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Drug and Alcohol Committee 


Term Expires 


Laura C. Macione 


2002 


Nancy Hertig 


2003 


Rev. E. Clifford Cutler 


2003 


Jody Butman 


2003 


Derry Schwantner 


2003 


Thomas J. Callahan (Selectmen Liaison) 




Sally Sisson (PSO Liaison) 




Vickie Neaves (PSO Liaison) 




Chartis Tebbetts (School Comm. Liaison) 




Patricia Martin (School Comm. Liaison) 




Kathryn F. Trefry (TCP) 




T. David Raftey, D.A.'s Office 




Elder Affairs, Council on 




John W. Coe 


2002 


Barbara C. Elliott 


2002 


Margaret R. Charles 


2002 


Joseph D. Buckley 


2003 


Rev. Garry Ritts 


2003 


Katherine B. Becker 


2003 


Nancy Barrett 


2003 


Anna A. Abbruzzese 


2004 


Patricia Sargeant 




Mary H. Ahearn, SSES 




Jane H. Hamilton, Associate 





Government island Advisory Committee 

Robert M. Davenport 2002 

Peter G. Whitman 2003 

Constance M. Afshar 2003 

Noel A. Ripley 2003 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury 2004 

Richard P. Barrow 2004 
John H. Winters, III, Harbor Master 

Growth and Development Task Force 

Clark H. Brewer 
Richard W. Swanborg 
Michael R. Westcott 



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Hagerty Property Committee Term Expires 

Joseph A. Migliaccio 
Richard P. Barrow 
James Russell BonettI 
Paul L. Pattison 
Veneta P. Roebuck 
Hamilton T. Tewksbury 

Harbor Committee 

Scott A. Herzog 2002 

Laurence J. Mitchell 2002 

Mary K. Muncey 2002 

Lorren S. Gibbons 2003 

Gail Parks 2003 

John Bertolami 2003 

Daniel S. Evans 2004 

Peter Wood 2004 
John H. Winters, III, Harbor Master 

Historical Commission 

Rebecca Bates-McArthur 2003 

David Wadsworth 2003 

John H. Connell 2003 

Mark St. Onge 2003 

Noel A. Ripley 2004 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury 2004 

Paula Kozol 2004 

IVIBTA Representative 

Louis E. Eaton 2002 

IVIBTA IVIitigation Committee 

Thomas Gruber 
James G. Dedes 
Marty Corry 
Peter Guild 
Roger W. Lincoln 
John Conte 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council 

Patricia M. Keville 2002 



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Open Space Committee Term Expires 

Deborah Cook 
Jeffrey Donze 
Kathryn Dunn 
Ellen Freda 
Martha Hurtig 
James Shipsky 

Police/Fire Station Study Committee 

Brian W. Noonan, Police Chief 

Roger W. Lincoln, Fire Chief 

Virginia A. Brophy 

George L. McGoldrick 

Jean Najjar 

Roger Lowe 

Bob Egan, Building Inspector 

Mark W. Haddad, Town Manager 

Roseanne M. McMorris, Selectman 

Recycling Committee 

John K. McNabb. Jr. 
Merle S. Brown 
Arthur L. Lehr 
David Bigley 
F. Allen MacDonald 
Carol Martin 
Sharyn K. Studley 
Jean White 
One (1) Vacancy 

Registrar of Voters 

Marion L. Douglas, Town Clerk 

EdytheFord 2002 

Margaret R. Charles 2003 

Judith Volungis 2004 



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Senior Housing Committee Term Expires 

Nancy Barrett 2002 

Margaret R. Charles 2002 

Roseanne M. McMorris 2002 

Wayne Sawchuk 2003 

Freda A. Zotos 2003 

Edward T. Mulvey 2003 

Joseph R. Nedrow 2004 
Two (2) Vacancies 

South Shore Recycling Co-operative 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 
Merle 8. Brown 

South Shore Regional School District Rep. 

David M. Kneeland 2004 

Tree Advisory Committee 

Phyllis Peck 
Ann Pompeo 
Vivian Bobo 
Barbara Dillon 
Polly Logan 
Margaret Moore 
Virginia Norman 
Fran OToole 
Annette Sechen 
Patricia Stewart 
Penny Place 

Town History Committee 

Wigmore A. Pierson, Chairman 2002 

Molly M. Pierson 2002 

Ernest J. Grassey 2002 

Julia Gleason 2003 

Louis Eaton, Jr. 2003 

James W. Hamilton 2003 

Louis S. Harvey 2003 

Harold E. Coughlin 2003 

Hubert P. van der Lugt 2004 

Jacqueline N. Dormitzer 2004 

Ann Pompeo 2004 

Margot Cheel 2004 

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Village Revitalizatlon Task Force Term Expires 

Timothy O'Brien 

Noel Ripley 

Rebecca Bates-MacCarthur 

Joseph Coggins 

Merle S. Brown 

Josiah Stevenson 

Lucia Flibbot 

Richard Swanborg 

Elizabeth Harrington 

Water Resources Protection Committee 

John McNabb, Jr. 
James C. Kinch 
Stephen Bobo 
John Chapman 
Three (3) Vacancies 

Youth Resources Committee 

John M. Worley 
Michael McMillen 
Matthew Ogrodnik 
Rick Grassie 
Elizabeth Bates 
Anthony Carbone 
Steve Etkkind 
Jody Butman 

Zoning Board of Appeals 

S. Woodworth Chittick 2002 

J. Anson Whealier 2002 

Benjamin H. Lacy 2003 

Lisa H. Dick 2003 

Barbara M. Power 2004 

Jane O. Goedecke 2004 



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BOARDS, COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS, REPRESENTATIVES 
APPOINTED BY AUTHORITIES OTHER THAN BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Advisory Committee Term Expires 

Richard Avery 2002 

William Foley 2002 

Susan Kent 2002 

Debra A. Shadd 2003 

Alexander C. Koines 2003 

Gait Grant 2004 

Susan M. Turgiss 2004 

Maureen Jerz 2004 

Donna McGee 2004 

Bylaw Committee 

Jacqueline M. Dormltzer 2001 

Louis R. Eaton 2003 
Marlon L. Douglas 
Paul R. DeRensis 
One (1) Vacancy 

Capital Budget Committee 

Michael Fechter . 2002 

Mark A. Baker 2003 

David Bergers 2003 

Samuel C. Pease 2004 

Steve Gaumer 2004 

Design Review Board 

Robert Stansell 2002 

Maxwell R. Pounder 2002 

Josiah Stevenson 2002 

Robert C. Hunter 2002 

Kathleen Fox . 2003 

Robert Egan, Building Inspector 

Committee to Survey Structure and Functions of Town Government 

Paul A. Donovan 2003 

William Lean, Jr. 2003 
Seven (7) Vacancies 



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School Building Committee Term Expires 

Adrienne MacCarthy(appo/nfec/ by Moderator) 2002 

Donna 0'Donnell(appo//7ted by Moderator) 2002 

Kathleen E. G\j\nee(appointed by Moderator) 2004 

Joanne Chittick {appointed by School Comm.) 2003 

Scott Co\\\ns(appointed by School Comm.) 2002 

Robert Spoffor6(appointed by School Comm.) 2004 

David Chase(appointed by Selectmen) 2002 

Denise K. Parker(appointed by Selectmen) 2002 

Particia Chase(appolnted by Selectmen) 2003 



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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGISTRARS 



Selectmen reappointed Margaret Charles for a three-year term. The Board of 
Registrars appointed her as chairwoman. 

The following elections and town meetings were held: 



Annual Town Meeting, March 31, 2001 
Annual Town Election, April 7, 2001 
Recount, April 29, 2001 
Special Town Meeting, November 5, 2001 

The Annual Listing of Persons seventeen years of age and older as per 

General Laws, Chapter 51, Section 4 was conducted by mail during January. 

Voter registration may be done at the Town Hall during regular business 

hours. Also, registration forms are available from the Post Office, Paul Pratt 

Memorial Library, Registry of Motor Vehicles, and various state agencies. To 

register to vote, you must be eighteen years of age on or before Election 

Day, born in the United States or become a naturalized citizen. Registration 

Is closed for a brief period before each town meeting and election to allow 

election officials time to prepare the voting lists. If you register during a 

"closed" period, you will be eligible to vote only in later town meetings or 

elections. You must be registered twenty days before all primaries and 

elections, and ten days before a special town meeting. At this time there Is a 

total of 5424 active voters. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Margaret Charles, Chairwoman 
Marion Douglas, Clerk 
Edythe Ford 
Judith P. Volungis 

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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 



January - Former Cohasset Selectman and State Representative Mary 
Jeanette Murray retires. State Representative Garrett Bradley is sworn in at 
the State House on January 3, 2001. Tom Gruber, Mitigation Committee 
Chairman, requests the Selectmen to re-open mitigation discussions with 
Kevin Dacey of the MBTA after previous sessions stalled. Selectmen decide 
mitigation agreement needs more work at January 30, 2001 meeting after a 
well-attended public hearing. 

February - After Input from State Senator Bob Hedlund and State 
Representative Garrett Bradley, Secretary of Transportation Kevin Sullivan 
agrees with Cohasset, that the MBTA will have to pay fair market value for 
right of way. MBTA Liaison Kevin Dacey resigns MBTA after a job offer from 
another state. Dacey had become well respected among the various 
Greenbush towns and his resignation adds turmoil to future of the mitigation 
negotiations. 

March - A citizen's petition for acceptance of the Community Preservation 
Act heads for the Annual Town Election. The Town Flagpole split in half 
unexpectedly during a storm. Selectmen put Kevin Ulmer on notice that 
unless substantial fundralsing and construction progress has occurred by 
October 2001 on the Lobster Lab on Parker Avenue, the lease will be 
terminated. Annual Town Meeting approves expansion of Woodside 
Cemetery after many years of searching for additional space. Glenn Pratt Is 
thanked for his years of work as chairman of the Cemetery Study Committee. 

April - At the Annual Town Election, the Community Preservation Act passes 
along with a $300,000 Prop 2-1/2 override. Shortly after the Presidential 
Recount in Florida, Cohasset has its own recount in the school Committee 
race between Adrienne MacCarthy and Pat Martin. Pat Martin prevails in the 
recount and is returned to the School Committee. The Anti-Train group AfTA 
sues the MBTA over the Greenbush line the In Suffolk Superior Court. 

May - The Selectmen and Town Manager Mark Haddad meet with Secretary 

of Transportation Kevin Sullivan in Boston and reach a tentative mitigation 

agreement for Cohasset with the MBTA. The Agreement includes $1.2 

million for James Brook Flood Control, a minimum of $1 million for the 

railroad right of way, $250,000 to move the Sohier street well field, and up to 

$500,000 for the purchase of conservation land. . Ground breaking of $41 

million School Renovations at Cohasset High School occurs May 25th. 

Former US Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran John Morgan is main speaker at 

annual Memorial Day Parade ceremony at Veteran's Memorial Park on May 
2gth 

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June - Avalon Bay Communities approaches Town Officials regarding 200 
plus housing unit proposal on Technology Zoned Land on Route 3A. The 
Library Trustees receive word that Cohasset Is first on waiting list for 
Construction Grants for new library. Planning Board member Peter Pratt files 
a formal complaint with the Selectmen over an alleged incident In the Town 
Manager's Office. The dispute between the two town officials cause "due 
process" concerns and the Selectmen vote to hire an independent 
investigator to determine if there is "just cause" to proceed with hearings on 
the charges and counter charges between Planning Board Member Peter 
Pratt and Town Manager Mark Haddad. To ensure the smooth operation of 
the Selectman's Office, the Selectmen request Planning Board Member 
Peter Pratt in writing to observe a ban on entering the Selectman's Office 
and to communicate through the Chairman of the Planning Board and the 
Chairman of the Board of Selectmen on any official dealings with the 
Selectmen's office. 

July - At the Re-Cycling Center the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) plan takes 
effect on July 1, 2001. Hingham Lumber proposes moving to Cohasset on 
3A due to the proposed MBTA taking of Hingham Lumber's property for a 
train station. The Independent Investigator's official report on the incident 
between Planning Board Member Peter Pratt and Town Manager Mark 
Haddad is read into the record at a Selectmen's Meeting. Special 
Investigator David Haley of Isaacs and Miller determines there Is no "just 
cause" to proceed with disciplinary hearings against Mark Haddad. 

August - Selectmen agree to a compromise price of $1 .6 million for the Right 
of Way, under provisions of the mitigation agreement. The MBTA's appraisal 
of the $1.1 was offset by Town's $2.05 million dollar appraisal. Various town 
boards prepare official responses to the state for the Chapter 40B 
Comprehensive Permit proposal of Avalon Bay. 

September - The Department of Environmental Management awards 
Cohasset $16,200 for a Historic Landscape Preservation Grant for Cohasset 
Common. 

September 11, 2001- The United States is shocked when attacked by 
terrorists hijacking four airborne jets. Nationally and locally, citizens mourn 
the loss of life these attacks have caused. Saint Anthony's Church holds a 
town-wide service in Memory of the victims of the September 11, 2001 
attack. A new reality exists in the United States. 

Police Chief Brian Noonan announces he will retire within the next year. By 
the deadline for applications In November, a total of 54 Applicants will apply 
for the Police Chiefs position. Selectmen terminate Cohasset Lobster Lab 
lease at Hagerty Property. Cohasset is awarded a Public Works and 
Economic Development (PWED) grant of $1.5 million dollars for 

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improvements in the downtown area after support from Secretary of 
Transportation Kevin Sullivan. 

October - Cohasset Police investigate a potential Anthrax scare (along with 
the US Congress and the rest of the nation). Water Commission Chairman 
John McNabb assures Cohasset residents that the Water System has taken 
various precautions against terrorist attacks. Selectmen ask for proposals on 
use of the Hagerty property. The Town Clerk informs the Selectmen that the 
voting booths are in need of replacement. 

November - Special Town Meeting approves a $2.1 million appropriation for 
the new library after Library Trustees agree to pay for interim Interest 
payments until state funding comes through. On Sunday, November 11th, 
the Gold Star Mother's Memorial is dedicated at the new expansion of 
Woodside Cemetery. The Board of Selectmen thank Glenn Pratt for his 
dedication and hard work over the years on the Cemetery Study Committee 
and specifically for his invaluable dedication to the new Gold Star Mother's 
Memorial. 

December - The Selectmen approve plans for village Improvements along 
St. Stephen's sidewalk. Cohasset Selectmen and Cohasset Sewer 
Commissioners are concerned over a Hull Sewer Commission move to 
bypass Cohasset town boards and deal directly with a developer on 
Jerusalem Road. The Selectmen agree with the Sewer Commissioners on 
phased in specific visual improvements at the rehabbed Sewer Plant on Elm 
Street. The MBTA opens Design-Build bids for Greenbush construction. Low 
bidder at $252 million Is Cashman Construction/Balfour Beatty. Boston 
newspapers report that Balfour Beatty has had problems with cost overruns 
in the past. The Selectmen have concerns that the MBTA Board pick the 
"lowest responsible" bidder and not just the "lowest" bidder. 

Respectfully submitted, 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Frederick R. Koed, Chairman 
Michael H. Sullivan 
Merle S. Brown 
Roseanne M. McMorris 
Thomas J. Callahan 



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MESSAGE FROM THE MODERATOR 

In the decade since the gavel passed from my worthy predecessor, William 
Weeks, a sporadic debate over the viability and relevance of the Town 
Meeting model of government has periodically surfaced. Generally, these 
rumblings are heard around the time so called "pocketbook issues" relating to 
capital improvements and outlay are pending. Some question the capacity 
and contemporary relevance of this venerable, yet antiquated, form of Town 
government. 

I have concluded that the methodology of Town government, whatever it is or 
might be in the future, will be only as effective as the people overseeing it 
and participating in the process. It has been demonstrated over the last two 
years that Cohasset residents consistently "buy-in" to the process with keen 
interest, thorough preparation and a spirit of fairness and goodwill within the 
Town Meeting. This has produced relatively smooth sailing and resident 
satisfaction at meetings can be said that this quintessential beacon of 
democracy is alive and well. 

I, myself, have learned a great deal in my 10-year stint as moderator. My 
fellow citizens have offered constructive criticism, welcomed praise and 
always-enormous encouragement. It is my hope that this valuable input has 
made for a far better Town Meeting and a more insightful, skilled and humble 
Town Moderator today. 

My sincere appreciation to Town Manager Mark Haddad, our dedicated 
Board of Selectmen, Town Clerk Marion Douglas and all the helpful and 
pleasant staff at Town Hall. 

Most important to me is to acknowledge and thank the tellers, all of whom 
take their job seriously and perform it accuracy and good grace (no pun 
intended, Mrs. Tuckerman). 

Let us begin 2002 with the hope that all future Town Meetings be a forum for 
broad perspectives, inclusionary, fair and readily understandable to 
participants and observe alike. 



Respectfully submitted, 



George Lane Marlette, Esquire 
Town Moderator 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN CLERK 

As the year 2001 comes to a close, I respectfully submit my tenth annual 
report as Town Clerk. In June the Local Election Districts Review 
Commission (L.E.D.R.C.) accepted our precinct boundaries. The census 
data did show some population shifts between precincts but it was within the 
allowable plus/minus of the accepted 5%. This allows our current precincts 
to remain in effect until the next federal census in 2010. The dividing line 
starts at the HIngham town line on North Main Street. The center of the 
street divides the precincts and continues to South Main Street to the 
Scituate town line. Precinct 1 includes all the even numbers on the North 
and South Main Streets and all streets on the ocean side of these streets. 
Precinct 2 includes all the odd numbers on North and South Main Streets 
and all streets on the west side of these streets. If anyone is unsure of his or 
her precinct, give the office a call. The population according to our annual 
census that we sent out in January is 7789. The election results, town 
meeting minutes and vital records follow this report. 

The National Commission on Election Reform in its recent report to President 
Bush and Congress, recommend making Election Day a holiday as a way of 
increasing voter participation. Proponents argue that few people would be 
required to work and most would" have all day to vote without struggling to get 
to the polls before they close, avoid lines, etc. On the other hand, others 
argue that a Tuesday election holiday would provide some with an 
opportunity for a four-day weekend. Also, unless postal regulations were 
changed absentee ballots would not be delivered on Election Day. The 
conclusion, even though an Election Day holiday sounds appealing, evidence 
suggests it would be more costly and difficult to administer. It will be very 
interesting what the outcome will be. As always, I encourage anyone who 
has not registered to do so. It seems that our whole election and town 
meeting process has even more significance after September 11^*^. 

Our office extends its appreciation to the citizens of Cohasset, town officials, 
department heads, town employees, election workers and committees for 
their support and assistance during the year. Special acknowledgement 
goes to my assistant, Carol St. Pierre. 

Respectfully submitted, 



Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



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INDEX — MARCH 31. 2001 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

ARTICLE # DESCRIPTION OF ARTICLE 

1 Reports of Town Officers. Adopted. 

2 Reports of Committees. Adopted unanimously. 

3 Operating budget FY 2002. Adopted unanimously. 

4 Departmental transfers. Adopted. 

5 Assessors' exemptions. Adopted. 

6 Citizens Petition - Rezone Property on CJC Way 

7 Citizens Petition - Act to set the Number of Signatures 
needed for a warrant article for a Special Town Meeting to 
100 

8 Expand Woodside Cemetery 

9 Addition funding for Hagerty Property 

10 Establish enterprise fund for Sewer Department 

11 I/I analysis in existing sewer piping 

12 Treatment plant capacity/environmental studies 

13 Acquire land known as "Wolf Pit" 

14 Act to allow Water Commissioners to serve in other town 
offices 

15 Amend Article XIII, Hazardous Materials Bylaw 

16 Amend Zoning Bylaws, Section 14 - Water Resource 
District 

1 7 Act to authorize Town of Cohasset to establish separate 
account authorized by community preservation fund with 
funds distributed by register of deeds 

18 Amend Article VII, Safety & Public Order Section 26 

19 Amend Article VII, Safety & Public Order - New Section 

20 Rezone Hagerty Property to Open Space 

21 Amend Zoning Bylaws - New Section - "Accessory 
Dwelling" 

22 Amend Section 5.2.6 of Zoning Bylaws 

23 Amend Section 5.2.8 of Zoning Bylaws 

24 Amend Section 97.8a of Zoning Bylaws 

25 Amend Section 7.2 of Zoning Bylaws 

26 Citizens' Petition - Catch Basin Installation of Highland 
Ave. 

27 Citizens' Petition - Assess Impact of New Logan Runway 

28 Citizens' Petition - Ban of Sale of Mercury Thermometers 

29 Citizens' Petition - amend Section 6 of Article III of 
General Bylaws 

30 Citizens' Petition - Amend Section 12.5 of Zoning Bylaws 

31 Citizens' Petition - Amend Article VII of General Bylaws 
New Section, "Regulation of Air Emissions from Landfills 

32 Citizens' Petition - Amend General Bylaws by Adding New 
Article, "Ground Water Cleanup Standards 

33 Additional Funding for Middle/High & Deer Hill Schools 

34 Stabilization Fund 



24 



Annual Town Meeting - March 31, 2001 

At the Annual Town Meeting held on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at the 
Cohasset High School Sullivan Gymnasium the following articles were 
contained in the warrant and acted upon as follows. 

Checkers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 9:30 a.m. were 
Carol St. Pierre, Janice Rosano, Debra Krupczak, Jean Thompson and 
Shirley Tewksbury. Tellers were appointed and sworn in by the Moderator, 
George L. Marlette III. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m. and a quorum of 
100 was present at that time. The registered voters checked In on the voting 
list totaled for Precinct 1 - 200 and precinct 2-143. 
The Rev. Gary Ritts gave the invocation. 

Members of the Boy Scouts called the pledge of allegiance. 

Voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the call of the Meeting 
and Return of Service having been examined by the Moderator and found to 
be in order. 

Moved the following rules of procedure be adopted for 2001 , Annual Town 
Meeting: that at the beginning of the Annual Town Meeting, the Moderator 
shall call aloud each of the articles printed in the warrant by number, that 
those articles for which any voter states a "hold" shall be held for further 
debate, that those articles upon which no hold has been placed shall all then 
and there all collectively, by one motion, be adopted in accordance with the 
proposed Town Manager's motions for each respective article and that the 
remaining articles that have been so held shall thereafter be called 
individually by the Moderator for separate debate and vote, unless at the time 
the article is called, the hold thereon is withdrawn, in which event the article 
shall then and there be voted upon without further debate. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 1: 

To act upon the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the Annual 
Town Report for 2000. 

Moved that the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the Annual 
Town Report for 2000 be accepted, and filed with the permanent records of 
the Town. 



25 



Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 2: 

To hear the reports of any Committee heretofore chosen and act thereon. 

Moved that the reports of any committee heretofore chosen be heard and 
accepted and that committee continue in office. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Resolution offered by Adrienne MacCarthy, member of the School 
Building Committee. 

WHEREAS, Robert G. Beggan having served on the School 
Facilities/Building Committee for seventeen (17) years, and 

WHEREAS, he did so with due diligence, logic, reason and a sense of 
humor, and 

WHEREAS, his style has earned the respect of all of us and will surely be 
missed. 

NOW THEREFORE, be It resolved, that we the School Facilities/Building 
Committee and the Town of Cohasset, who have benefited from his 
diligence, acknowledge, with great appreciation, his valuable contribution to 
the Town's schools and its children this thirty first (31^^) day of March in the 
year 2001. 

Bob, you truly are the epitome of a public servant - Thank you! 

Resolution adopted unanimously. 

Article 3: 

To see if the Town will vote to fix salaries and compensation of Elected 
Officers, and to see what sums the Town will vote to raise and appropriate 
from available funds or otherwise, for the payment of the salaries and 
compensation, expenses, equipment and outlays, capital and otherwise, of 
the several Town Departments, for the ensuing fiscal year. 



26 



APPENDICES A & B 



^ MANAQEirS KBCOtmENDAVOHS, ARTICLE t 
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, UARCH 31, 2001 



No. AooroDrlatlon Account 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 
114 




Elected Officials 
General Expenses 



$5,499.84 
$60,930.49 



$5,499.84 $5,500.00 $5,500.00 
$52,403.72 $65,112.00 $64,412.00 



$5,500.00 
$64,412.00 



129 Town Manager 



Personal Services 
To»wi HbH aerical 
General Expenses 



$66,000.00 $74,999.86 $80,000.00 $90,000.00 $90,000.00 

$325,141.68 $323,835.11 $363,697.00 $367,000.00 $367,000.00 

$1,935.00 $3,597.20 $3,985.00 $4,485.00 $4,485.00 



1J1 Advisory Cotranittae 

General Expenses 
133 Reserve Fumi 

Reserve Fund 
136 Director of Financa/Town Accountant 



$0.00 $345.00 $345.00 $345.00 



$0.00 $100,000.00 $100,000.00 $100,000.00 



Pereonal Services 
General Expenses 



$58,061.09 
$20,530.00 



$63,060.00 $70,200.00 $75,200.00 $75,200.00 
$23,985.53 $18,700.00 $28,400.00 $24,700.00 



141 Board of Asaassors 



lOflicbIs 
Pereonal Services 
General! 



$3,663.30 $3,699.96 $3,700.00 $3,700.00 $3,700.00 

$53,451.91 $56,759.51 $59,023.00 $81,376.00 $61,376.00 

$24,720.27 $8,625.70 $9,780.00 $12,255.00 $12^5.00 



Personal Services 
General I 



$46,000.00 
$56,425.78 



$54,054.71 $53,500.00 $58,000.00 $58,000.00 
$36,483.03 $42,350.00 $41,250.00 $41,250.00 



$259,655.36 $174,056.56 $140,000.00 $120,000.00 $120,000.00 



1S2 Miacallaneous 



Town Reports 


$14,446.00 


$10,545.21 


$10,000.00 


$15,000.00 


$15,000.00 


Panung Cleric 


$2,432.80 


$2,494.79 


$2,200.00 


$2,500.00 


$2,500.00 


Annual Audit 


$7,500.00 


$7,500.00 


$7,500.00 


$8,500.00 


$8,500.60 


South Shore CoaBtion - Refuse 


$4,000.00 


84,000.00 


$4,000.00 


$4,000.00 


$4,000.00 


Water Purctjase 


$25,000.00 


$39,000.00 


$35,000.00 


$35,000.00 


$35,000.00 




$5,835.00 


$5,355.00 


$5,600.00 


$5,800.00 


$5,800.00 


Sealer Weigms/Measures Salary 


$999.96 


$999.96 


$2,000.00 


$2,600.00 


$2,600.00 


Sealer Welgnts/Measures Expenses 


S1 94.33 


$130.34 


$450.00 


$450.00 


$450.00 




$350.00 


$350.00 


$450.00 


$450.00 


$450.00 


Social Service League - Services 


$42,787.02 


$45,789.96 


$46,754.00 


$0.00 


$0.00 


Veteran's Agent Salary 


$1,599.96 


$1,466.63 


$1,600.00 


$1,600.00 


$1,600.00 


Veteran's Agent Expenses 


$366.68 


$387.42 


$1,000.00 


$1,000.00 


$1,000.00 


Commission on DisaWlilies 


$0.00 


$0.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


Hslofical Commission 


$01.40 


SO.OO 


$200.00 


$200.00 


$200.00 


Histoncal Preservation Salary 


$600.00 


$0.00 


$600.00 


$600.00 


$600.00 


Historical Preservation Expenses 


$09.35 


S18B.34 


$200.00 


$200.00 


S200.00 


Keeper of the Town Ciocii 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


Keeper of the Town Pump 


$0.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


Town Celet>rations 


$1,700.00 


$1,700.00 


$1,700.00 


$1,700.00 


$1,700.00 



27 



Dept 

/^O, ABOTODrtatlon Account 



Fiscal m9 



FfSCMlZOOO 



RtqiMSttd RecomnMnded 
Fiscal 2002 Fiscal 2002 



161 



Town Clark & Etectton* 



Part-time Salaries 
General Expenaes 



$40,950.00 


$44,906.16 


$48,000.00 


$50,400.00 


$50,400.00 


$11,204.07 


$8,770.32 


$11,824.00 


$10,140.00 


$10,140.00 


$25,834.16 


$0,562.83 


$10,578.00 


$18,385.00 


$8,765.00 



^7^ Conaervation Commlaalon 

Genaral Expenses 
^75 Planning Board 

Payroll & General Expenses 
^ 7g Zoning Board of Appeala 



$22,822.12 $23,250.00 



1,820.00 $26,820.00 



$51,080.00 $51,980.00 



$3,504.01 $3,453.11 $4,385.00 $4,385.00 $4,385.00 



TOTAL GENERAL GOVERNMENT 



$1,208,770.41 $1,064,212.42 $1,263,434.00 $1,272,486.00 $1,261,186.00 



PUBUC SAFETY 

2^0 Pol'ce Department 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 
Cruiser Purchase 



$1,063,497.22 


$1,230,661.63 


$1,282,229.00 


$1,353,102.00 


$1,348,928.00 


$61,571.30 


$60,234.22 


$68,575.00 


$70,976.00 


$70,975.00 


$45,375.90 


$30,000.00 


$54,000.00 


$52,000.00 


$26,000.00 



220 ^''^ OnpnttmavK 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 
Hydrant Rental 



$1,098,272.74 
$74,999.81 
$121,328.42 



$1,173,072.83 
$81,264.85 
$65,752.00 



$1,222,150.00 
$113,525.00 
$132,698.00 



$1,274,693.00 
$126,825.00 
$140,198.00 



$1,328,272.00 
$112,725.00 
$132,696.00 



241 



General Expenses 



$48,616.00 
$3,182.73 



$52,725.50 
$3,209.05 



$55,342.00 
$3,655.00 



$57,540.00 
$3,655.00 



$57,540.00 
$3,655.00 



245 



$14,500.00 



295 Hartwr Master 
Personal Services 



$46,888.00 
$7,803.04 



$49,279.34 
$5,610.43 



$49,805.00 
$7,400.00 



$51,374.00 
$7,400.00 



$51,374.00 
$7,400.00 



296 



Shellfish Constable 



Personal Services 



$500,00 



$500.00 
$0.00 



$500.00 
$0.00 



$500.00 
$0.00 



TOTAL PUBUC SAFETY 



$2,584,934.63 



$2,773,614.03 



$3,002,379.00 



$3,152,762.00 $3,154,567.00 



28 



300 



Osgood Elenwn taiv School 



Expenses 



$1,231,646.00 

$153,667.00 

$218,839.00 

$2,093.00 



$1,281,162.00 

$156,054.00 

$212,768.00 

$2,294.00 



$1,339,376.00 

$157,764.00 

$272,017.00 

$3,615.00 



$1,497,660.00 

$172,794.00 

$339,501.00 

$3,615.00 



$1,497,660.00 

$172,794.00 

$339,501.00 

$3,615.00 



Deer HB Elementary School 



Middle/Senior HtOh School 



$1,652^98.00 



$2,013,570.00 $Z013.570.00 



Special Education Expenses 



$1,282,464.00 

$109,860.00 

$252,595.00 

$3,083.00 



$1,337,149.00 

$107,916.00 

$338,307.00 

$1,906.00 



$1,393,780.00 

$104,930.00 

$431,115.00 

$2,706.00 



$1,475,029.00 

$123,539.00 

$475,910.00 

$3,037.00 



$1,475,029.00 

$123,539.00 

$475,010.00 

$3,037.00 



$1,648,002.00 



$2,077,515.00 



Special Education Expenses 
Sub Total 



$2,961,760.00 

$526,601.00 

$208,537.00 

$4,720.00 



$3,136,643.00 

$557,484.00 

$234,208.00 

$2,131.00 



$3,004,771.00 

$606,042.00 

$248,136.00 

$5,431.00 



$3,332,573.00 

$599,518.00 

$262,438.00 

$6,061.00 



$3,332,573.00 

$599,518.00 

$262,436.00 

$6,061.00 



$4,200,590.00 $4,200,500.00 



Expenses 

Special Education Salaries 



$446,128.23 $382,125.00 $534,708.00 $464,268.00 $464,268.00 

$145,686.00 $139,474.00 $185,136.00 $165,935.00 $165,935.00 

$95,492.00 $132,592.00 $295,016.00 $298,100.00 $298,100.00 

$833,150.00 $916,612.00 $959,003.00 $923,577.00 $923,577.00 



Tout Cohasset Public Schools 



$1,520,456.23 



$8,476,523.23 



$1,570,803.00 



$1,851,880.00 $1,851,880.00 



$10,143,555.00 $10,143,555.00 



2Q<l South Shore Vocational Technical 



TOTAL SCHOOLS 



$10,198,680.00 $10,198,680.00 



29 



Dept 

i^Q Aporooriation Account 



Department Manager 

Expended Expended Appropriated Requested Recommended 

Fiscal 1999 Fiscal 2000 Fiscal 2001 Fiscal 2002 Fiscal 2002 



PUBUC WORKS 



422 Department of Public Works 



Personal Services 
General Expenses 
Building Maintenance 
Snow & Ice Control 
Street Lighting 



$415,915.98 

$418,674.51 

$60,673.64 

$89,461.34 

$46,293.58 



$431,576.62 
$120,827.92 
$66,633.98 
$45,973.55 



$502,177.00 

$484,534.00 

$338,176.00 

$50,000.00 

$46,000.00 



$539,377.00 

$489,120.00 

$346,454.00 

$50,000.00 

$50,000.00 



TOTAL PUBUC WORKS 



$1,031,018.05 



$1,474,951.00 $1,421,451.00 



HEALTH & SANITATION 



AAQ Sewers 

General Expenses 
5^ Q Board of Health 



$797,021.00 $797,021.00 



Personal Expenses 
General Expenses 



$51,586.10 
$32,419.96 



$52,925.59 
$17,427.37 



$56,364.00 
$17,340.00 



$91,797.00 
$20,690.00 



TOTAL HEALTH & SANITATION 



$260,135.82 



HUMAN SERVICES 



541 



Elder Affairs Board 



Personal Services 
General Expenses 



$68,350.31 
$26,074.22 



$75,572.66 
$29,565.00 



$93,461.00 
$35,515.00 



$98,469.00 
$39,015.00 



TOTAL HUMAN SERVICES 



S94.424.53 



$128,976.00 



CULTURE AND RECREATION 



g^ '-'""'v 



Personal Services 
General Expenses 



$232,061.98 
$64,617.07 



$229,140.49 
$58,654.00 



$251,062.00 
$65,530.00 



$267,204.00 
$70,237.00 



30 



630 



Genaral Expenses 



$94,490.74 
$3,299.73 



W£,908.31 
S3.88e.82 



$107^83.00 
$4,500.00 



$109,829.00 

$4,500.00 



$109,829.00 

$4,500.00 



TOTAL CULTURE ft RECREATION 



Appropriation Aeeount 



OTHER BUDGETS 



710 



$533,250.00 
$203,179.17 
$480,793.86 



$479,785.00 

$358.52754 

$1,158,156.97 



$501,340.00 
$1,480,507.00 



$789.04^00 

$434,417.00 

$1,879,787.00 



$789,042.00 

$434,417.00 

$1,879,767.00 



911 



Pension - Coumy Assessmenl 


$560,448.00 


$602,667.00 


$847,867,00 


$647,887.00 


$647,887.00 


Pension - Non Contributoiy Assessment 


S3.3ie.eo 


$3,316.80 


$3,400.00 


S3.400.00 


$3,400.00 


Wotters Compensation insurince 


$85,480.01 


$66,441.00 


$105,000.00 


$105,000.00 


$105,000.00 


Unempioymem Insurance 


$0.00 


$5,747i9 


$5,000.00 


$5,000.00 


$5,000.00 


HeaW) Insurance 


$865,012.80 


$945,248.19 


$1,090,000.00 


$1,288,000.00 


sijzse.ooo.oo 


Life Insurance 


$4,548.50 


$5,259.50 


$6,000.00 


$5,000.00 


$5,000.00 


Medicare Tax - Employer Contribution 


$89,210.46 


$102,15557 


$100,000.00 


$122,000.00 


$122,000.00 


Property & UabHity Insurance 


$135,733.28 


$99,050.70 


$130,000.00 


$130,000.00 


$130,000.00 


TOTAL OTHER BUDGETS 


$2,960,972.90 


$3,828,355.26 


$4,633,506.00 


$5,409,493.00 


$5,409,493.00 



WATER DEPARTMENT 



450 



General Expenses 
Other Approprialions 
Matuhng Debt 
Interest 



$621,454.00 

$0.00 

$330,750.00 

$217,662.29 



$600,923.77 
$125,348.54 
$392,150.00 
$322,656.00 



$832,406.00 
$210,300.00 
$498,850.00 
$366,731.00 



$641,872.00 $641,872.00 

$129,806.00 $129,806.00 

$667,910.00 $667,910.00 

$401,640.00 $401,640.00 



TOTAL WATER DEPARTMENT 



$1,169,866.29 



TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET 



$11,2(0,1 IS.64 



$24,84l,3e2.00 $24,7S0,6e«.00 



31 



General Government $1,208,770.41 $1,094,212.42 $1,263,434.00 $1,272,466.00 $1,261,186.00 

Public Safety $2,584,934.83 $2,773,614.03 $3,002,379.00 $3,152,762.00 $3,154,567.00 

Schools $8,575,595.23 $9,024,081.00 $9,597,986.00 $10,198,680.00 $10,198,680.00 

Department Of Public Works $1,031,019.05 $1,109,102.40 $1,420,887.00 $1,474,951.00 $1,421,451.00 

Health and Sanitation $260,135.82 $241,189.19 $314,975.00 $909,508.00 $902,708.00 

Human Services $94,424.53 $105,137.66 $128,976.00 $137,484.00 $125,984.00 

Culture and Recreation $394,469.52 $377,572.62 $428,375,00 $451,770.00 $445,271.00 

Other Budgets $2,960,972.90 $3,828,355.26 $4,633,506.00 $5,409,493.00 $5,409,493.00 

Water Department $1,169,866.29 $1,441,078.31 $1,728,287.00 $1,841,228.00 $1,841,228.00 



TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET $18,280,188.68, $19,994,342.89 $22,518,805.00 $24,848,362.00 $24,760,668.00 



32 



SAUWIY & RATE SCHEDULES - FISCAL 2002 
3% 



Houriy 


B.4108 


8.8923 


9.3991 


6,9056 


10.4124 


10.6160 


11.4384 


35 His. 


294.38 


311.23 


326.97 


346.70 


364.43 


382.17 


400.34 


40HfS. 


336.44 


355.69 


375.96 


396.22 


416,46 


436.76 


457.53 


Hourty 


9.0697 


9.6017 


10.1590 


10.7037 


11.2610 


11.7678 


12J252 


35 His. 


317.44 


338.06 


355.56 


374.63 


394.13 


411.87 


431.38 


40Hrs. 


362.76 


384.07 


406.36 


428.15 


450.44 


470.71 


463.01 


Houily 


9.7917 


10.3996 


10.9570 


11.5397 


12.1098 


12.7177 


13.3384 


35 His. 


342.71 


363.99 


383.50 


403,89 


423.84 


445.12 


466.84 


40 His. 


391.67 


415.98 


43858 


461.59 


484.36 


508.71 


533.54 


HOUf^ 


10.5897 


115104 


11.8691 


12.4770 


13.1231 


13.7661 


44.4026 


35 His. 


370.64 


392.36 


415.42 


436,70 


459.31 


481.02 


504.06 


40 His. 


423.59 


448.42 


474.76 


498,08 


524.93 


550.77 


. 576.10 


Hourty 


11.4384 


12.0971 


12.8064 


13.4652 


14.1616 


14.8585 


15.5552 


35 His. 


400.34 


423.40 


448.22 


471.28 


465.67 


520,05 


544.43 


40 His. 


457.53 


483.86 


51256 


538.61 


666.46 


594.34 


622.21 


Hourty 


12.3378 


13.0568 


13.8197 


14.5418 


15.2512 


16.0366 


16.7838 


35 His. 


431.82 


457.09 


483.69 


508.86 


533.76 


561.28 


587.43 


40 His. 


493.51 


522.36 


552,76 


581.67 


610.0S 


641.46 


671.35 


Hourty 


13.3258 


14.1238 


14.8966 


15.7199 


16.5176 


17.3159 


18.0887 


35 His. 


486.40 


494 J3 


521.38 


55050 


578.13 


606.06 


633.10 


40 His. 


533.03 


564.95 


565.86 


628.79 


660.72 


692.64 


723.55 


Hourty 


14.3770 


155385 


16.0998 


16.9740 


17.8606 


18.6966 


16.5578 


35 His. 


50350 


533.35 


563.48 


594.06 


625.12 


654.38 


684.53 


40 His. 


575.08 


609.54 


643.66 


678.96 


714.42 


747.86 


782.32 


Hourty 


15.5173 


16.4672 


17.3763 


18.3264 


18.2540 


20.1914 


21.1287 


35HfS. 


543.10 


576.35 


60858 


641.53 


673.86 


706.70 


730.50 


40 His. 


620.69 


658.66 


685.17 


733.17 


770.16 


807.66 


845.15 


Hourty 


16.7712 


17,7719 


18.7600 


16.7733 


20.7614 


21.8255 


22.8387 


35 His. 


586.09 


622.02 


656.60 


662,07 


726.65 


763.88 


766.35 


40 His. 


670.85 


710.88 


750.40 


760,93 


830,46 


873.02 


813.55 


Hourty 


18.1013 


165033 


20.2673 


21.3947 


22.4588 


23.5482 


24.6502 


35 His. 


633.55 


672.12 


706.36 


748.82 


786.06 


824.16 


862.76 


40 His. 


724.05 


768.13 


810.66 


855.76 


898.35 


641.83 


966.01 


Hourty 


19.5706 


20.7487 


21.6364 


23.1175 


24.2855 


25.4608 


26.6136 


35 His. 


684.97 


72651 


767.88 


809,11 


850.34 


861.13 


931.47 


40 His. 


782.82 


829.95 


877.58 


924.70 


671.82 


1018,44 


1064.54 


Hourty 


21.1287 


22.4207 


23.6494 


24.9286 


26.2082 


27.4876 


26.7670 


35 His. 


739.50 


784.73 


827,73 


872.51 


617.26 


662.07 


1006.84 


40 His. 


845.15 


896.83 


945,96 


897.16 


1048.33 


1096.50 


1150.68 


Hourty 


22,8134 


24.1815 


25,5496 


26.6303 


285726 


26.6664 


31.0470 


35 His. 


798.47 


846.35 


86453 


642.56 


989.55 


1038.32 


1086.64 


40 His. 


912.53 


96756 


1021.68 


ion5i 


1130.92 


1186.65 


1241.88 


Hourty 


24.6502 


26.1322 


27,6016 


29,1090 


30.6038 


32.0731 


33.5426 


35 His. 


86Z76 


914.63 


966,06 


1018.82 


1071,13 


1122.56 


1173.96 


40 His. 


986.01 


1045.29 


1104.07 


1164.36 


1224.15 


1282.62 


1341.70 



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Schedule 1 * Raflulf eiyloy's 



Deputy AtmttoriAppnI—r 



CMItan Olsp«ch 

CommuntotfRyw Sup»rv<nr 
CorTvnunte«»ns Officer 



Dinttor 
ElaarAth 
Van Driver ■ 
Oerti 
Fire Departmeni 
Fire Chief 
Captakt 



Firelighler- BMT 

Flretighler-Uechai>lc 

PrivUe 
Hatbor Department 

Haroomiener 
Health, Board of 

HeaftftApent 

HeaWi/Sawer 5e«r«ta/y 
Ltorary 

ChiefUbrarian 



6 
F 


Conliael 
F8-12 
. F8.11 
F8-10 
F8-10 
F6-0e 



StafTUbrarian 
Ubraiy AiHaam 
Ubrary Techmden 
Ubrary Tedmlcian 
SemarClerk 



Town 
Seawtary 



LS 
IS 
U 
L3 

LS 
L2 

6 



Public Works, Oepaitment of 



Woridng Foraman 



Heavy Equipment Operator 
SUUed umy Worker 



Public Works, Department of (Cent) 
TreeCVmber 



Skilled Umty Worker- Cemetery 
aerk 



Seteetmen, Board of 



Oractor of Fnarwa/Tovm Aooountart 
AtaMant Town Acoountar* 



Town Cleik 

AasUanf ToMTt Clerft 
Town Manager 

Town Manager 
Treasurer/Collector 



Assistant Tnasurtr/CoHeolor 



Schedule la ■ Beeted Emolovees 

Town Clerk 

CMh^. Board olReglstrait 



Board ol { 

Chair 

Members (4) at $1,000 
Board of Assessors: 

Chair 

)atS1.200 



$50,400 
S32e 

SI 

S1,5O0 
M,000 

J1.300 
S2.400 



Schedule 2a. Part Time PoatUonsAnraiil 



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Veterans' Agent $1,600 

Member, Board of Registrars $326 

Sealer ofWeights and Measurers $2,600 

Town Archivist $600 

Director of Emergency Management $350 

Assistant Director of Emergency Management $100 

Shelifish Constable $500 

Animal Control Officer $1 5,960 

Keeper of the Town Clock $100 

Keeper of the Town Pump $100 



Schedule 2b - Part Time Positions Hourly ** 

Assistant Harbor Master $1 0.00 

Casual Labor $6.75 

Election Officers $8.51 

Election Clerk $8.75 

Election Warden $9.00 

Summer Patrolman $14.00 

Police Matron $12.36 

Deputy Building Inspector (H-Min) $14.37 

Library Pages $6.75 

Recording Secretary $9.00 



Schedule 3 - Part Time Positions 

Constable - Per Notice $20.00 

Schedule 4 - Informational Only 

Police Department (Collective Bargaining Unit) 

Schedule 5 - Informational Only 

Fire Department (Collective Bargaining Unit) 

Schedule 6 - Informational Only 

Library (Collective Bargaining Unit) 

Schedule 7 - Informational Only 

Municipal Clerical and Custodial (Collective Bargaining Unit) 

Exempt Positions - Per the Fair Labor Standards Act 

Deputy Assessor Appraiser Chief Librarian 

Building Commissioner Police Chief 

Director of Finance/Town Accountant Recreation Director 

Elder Affairs Director Superintendent of Public Works 

Fire Chief Town Manager 

Harbormaster Treasurer/Collector 

Health Agent Town Planner 



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Moved that Twenty Four Million Seven Hundred Sixty Thousand Five 
Hundred Sixty Eight ($24,760,568.00) Dollars be appropriated for the Fiscal 
Year 2002 Annual Town Budget to be allotted as follows: Fifty Nine Thousand 
Nine Hundred Thirty ($59,930.00) Dollars for salaries of elected Town 
Officials consisting of the Town Clerk, $50,400.00; Clerk, Board of 
Registrars, $329.00; Moderator, $1.00; Selectmen, Chairman, $1,500.00, 
Members (4) at $1,000.00, $4,000.00; Board of Assessors, Chairman, 
$1,300.00, Members (2) at $1,200.00, $2,400.00; and the remaining Twenty 
Four Million Seven Hundred Thousand Six Hundred Thirty Eight 
($24,700,638.00) Dollars for Personal Services, Expenses and Capital 
Outlays, Interest on Maturing Debt and other charges for the various 
departments as recommended for purposes in Appendix A and Appendix B 
of the Warrant for the 2001 Annual Town Meeting, a copy of which 
Appendices are incorporated here by reference, and to meet the 
appropriation, the following transfers are made: 

$1 ,726,228.00 from Water Revenue 

$ 115,000.00 from Water Grant 

$ 230,072.00 from Overlay Surplus 

$ 60,000.00 from Pension Reserve 

the remaining balance of $22,629,268.00 is raised from taxation and other 
general revenues of the Town; and further that the Salary Rate and Schedule 
as printed in the Warrant and shown in Appendix B be adopted. 

Amendment offered by Lenora Jenkins. 

Moved to amend Cohasset Public Schools budget (Item 300) by reducing 
same by $37,000 from $10,143,555 to a new $10,106,555 and amend 
Cohasset Benefits and Insurance (Item 911) by $6,000 in Health Insurance 
from $5,409,493 to a new total of $5,403,493, and further to amend the total 
operating budget by $43,000 from $24,760,568 to a new total of 
$24,717,568. 

Motion to amend is defeated. 
Main motion is adopted. 

Resolution offered by Thomas Callahan, Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen. 

WHEREAS: Mary Jeanette Murray was a member of the Board of 
Selectmen from 1970 to 1979; and 

WHEREAS: Mary Jeanette Murray was a Representative of the Third 
Plymouth District from 1976 - 2000; and 

WHEREAS: Mary Jeanette Murray was a member of the Sewerage System 
Study Committee from 1970 to 1974; and 

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WHEREAS: She was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to 
serve on the Cohasset Housing Authority from 1970 to 1977; and 

WHEREAS: She has served her community with much dedication and wit 
that has endeared her to all those with whom she has been associated over 
the many years of her active service; 

NOW, THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN AND THE TOWN OF 
COHASSET AT TOWN MEETING do congratulate Mary Jeanette Murray 
on her retirement; 

GIVEN under our hands and the seal of the TOWN OF COHASSET this 
thirty-first day of March in the year Two Thousand One. 

Resolution adopted unanimously. 

Article 4: 



To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, and/or transfer from 
available funds, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, needed by various departmental budgets and appropriations to 
complete the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001. 



Department Budget 



Amount Requested Purpose 



DPW Expenses 


$12,500.00 


Upgrade catch 
basins 


DPW Expenses 


16,900.00 


Grind stumps and 
yard waste at RTF 


DPW Expenses 


10,000.00 


Straits Pond Grant 
Matching Funds 


DPW Expenses 


25,000.00 


Field Maintenance 


Legal Expense 


45,000.00 


Unanticipated Legal 
Issues 


Planning Board Expenses 


5.000.00 


Growth & Dev. Asst 



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Fire Salaries 



Fire Expenses 



12, 500.00 



17,000.00 



Unexpected 
OT due to illness 

Train Firefighters as 
Paramedics 



Police Salaries 



Police Expenses 



55,000.00 

10,000.00 
$208,900.00 



Unexpected 
OT due to injury 

Purchase new 
weapons 



Moved that Two Hundred Eight Thousand Nine Hundred ($208,900.00) 
Dollars, to be expended by the Town Manager, needed by various 
departmental budgets and appropriations to complete the fiscal year ended 
June 30, 2001, be transferred as follows: 

Transfer Funds From: 



Surplus Revenue 


$ 70,500.00 


School Department Expenses 


$ 50,000.00 


Workers' Compensation Insurance 


$ 25.000.00 


Pension County Assessment 


$ 63,400.00 


. Total 


$208,900.00 


Transfer Funds To: 




DPW Expenses 


$ 64,400.00 


Legal Expense 


$ 45,000.00 


Planning Board Expenses 


$ 5,000.00 


Fire Salaries 


$ 12,500.00 


Fire Expenses 


$ 17,000.00 


Police Salaries 


$ 55,000.00 


Police Expenses 


$ 10,000.00 


Total 


$208,900.00 



Motion adopted unanimously. 



Article 5: 

To see if the Town will vote to accept Section 4 of Chapter 73 of the Acts of 
1 986 to grant an additional real estate tax exemption of not more than fifty 
(50%) percent. Such additional exemption may be granted to persons who 
qualify for property tax exemption under clauses 17, 17C1/2, 17D, 22, 22A, 
22B, 22C, 22D, 22E, 37, 37A, 41. 418, 41 C. 42 and 43 of Section 5 of 



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Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws, a copy of which is on file 
with the Town Clerk. 

Moved to accept Section 4 of Chapter 73 of the Acts of 1986 to grant an 
additional real estate tax exemption of not more than fifty (50%) percent. 
Such additional exemption may be granted to persons who qualify for 
property tax exemption under clauses 17, 17C72, 17D, 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 
22D, 22E, 37. 37A, 41, 41 B, 41 C, 42, and 43 of Section 5 of Chapter 59 of 
the Massachusetts General Laws, a copy of which Is on file with the Town 
Clerk. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 6: 

To see if the Town will vote to rezone certain districts as shown on a map 
entitled "Zoning Map, Cohasset, Massachusetts", dated October 1, 1969, and 
revised in 1976, 1985 and 2000 as follows: 

MAP: So that the highway business district ("HB") area east of Chief Justice 
Cushing Highway and southeasterly of Sohier Street, all as shown as an 
area red In color on the map and identified as "HB 400", be expanded two 
hundred (200) additional feet along the northeastern boundary and that the 
land located within said two hundred (200) feet expansion area be rezoned 
as a ("HB") district. 



CITIZEN'S PETITION 

NAME ADDRESS NAME ADDRESS 

Susan S. Cosman 2 Mill Ln. Susan C. Spofford 14 Heather Dr. 

Matthew R. Conlan 380 CJ Cushing Hwy. Michael Hurley 136 Border St. 

Barbara O'Pray 172 Beach St. Victoria Hurley 136 Border St. 

Donald E. Staszko 380 CJ Cushing Hwy. Raymond Livingstone 278 So Main St 

Robert P. Spofford 14 Heather Dr. Patricia Livingstone 278 So Main St 



Moved to rezone certain districts as shown on a map entitled "Zoning Map, 
Cohasset, Massachusetts", dated October 1, 1969, and revised in 1976, 
1 985 and 2000, as follows: 

So that the highway business district ("HB") area east of Chief Justice 
Cushing Highway and southeasterly of Sohier Street, all as shown as an 
area red in color on the map and identified as "HB 400", be expanded two 
hundred (200) additional feet along the northeastern boundary and that the 
land located within said two hundred (200) feet expansion area be rezoned 

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as an ("HB") district; and, further, amend Section 3.2 of the Zoning Bylaws by 
revising the first sentence of such Section 3.2 to read as follows: The location 
and boundaries of the Zoning Districts are established and shown on the 
following maps, which are parts of this Bylaw: the Zoning Districts other than 
the Flood Plain and Watershed District and the Water Resource District are 
shown on a map entitled: "Zoning Map, Cohasset, Massachusetts, dated 
October 1, 1969 as revised through March, 2001" which is a part of this 
Bylaw and to add the following new sentences after the first sentence: The 
Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District is located as shown on a plan 
entitled "Cohasset Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District", January, 
1975, prepared by Richardson & Kalishes, Land Use Consultants, as revised 
by Gale Engineering Inc., November 1976 with all explanatory matter thereon 
and amendments thereto. The location and boundaries of the Water 
Resources District, which is an overlay district, are shown on a map entitled 
"Water Resource District, Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts dated March, 
1986 as revised through March, 2001." The remainder of Section 3.2 is to 
remain unchanged. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 

Hand Count tal^en: Yes 170; No 95 

Motion is defeated. 



Article 7: 

To see if the Town will vote to request its representatives in the General 
Court to introduce legislation to change the number of signatures required for 
the insertion of an article on the Annual Town Meeting Warrant from a 
minimum of ten (10) registered voters to a minimum of one hundred (100) 
registered voters, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen of the Town to 
make constructive changes in perfecting the language of this legislation in 
order to secure its passage, It being the intent to authorize the General 
Court, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to modify the specific text 
of the requested legislation to secure the public policy objectives set forth 
herein, such legislation to read substantially as set forth below: 

AN ACT TO SET THE NUIVIBER OF SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR THE 
INSERTION OF A CITIZENS' PETITION ARTICLE ON THE ANNUAL 
TOWN MEETING WARRANT IN THE TOWN OF COHASSET AT ONE 
HUNDRED 

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, including without 
limitation any provision of any special act or of the General Laws, the number 
of signatures required for the insertion of an article on the warrant for the 
Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Cohasset shall be a minimum of one 
hundred (100) registered voters. 



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SECTION 2. This Act shall take effect in the Town of Cohasset upon its 
passage. 



CITIZENS' PETITION 

NAME ADDRESS NAME ADDRESS 

Lucia R. Woods 231 Jeaisalem Rd. L. Emmett Holt 56 No. Main St. 

Susan M. Watrous 52 Summer St. Donald J. Evans 72 No. Main St. 

Suzanne S. Teny 32 Margin St. Nancy M. Gilmore 34 Summer St. 

Samuel C. Pease 3 Sankey Rd. Mary A. Klier 79 No. Main St. 

William D. Weeks 130 Border St. Genevieve G. Good 430 So. Main St. 

Moved that the Town request its representatives In the General Court to 
introduce legislation to change the number of signatures required for the 
insertion of an article on the Annual Town Meeting Warrant from a minimum 
of ten (10) registered voters to a minimum of one hundred (100) registered 
voters, and to authorize the General Court, with the approval of the Board of 
Selectmen, to modify the specific text of the requested legislation to secure 
the public policy objectives set forth herein, such legislation to read 
substantially as set forth below: 

AN ACT TO SET THE NUMBER OF SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR THE 
INSERTION OF A CITIZENS' PETITION ARTICLE ON THE ANNUAL 
TOWN MEETING WARRANT IN THE TOWN OF COHASSET AT ONE 
HUNDRED 

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, including without 
limitation any provision of any special act or of the General Laws, the number 
of signatures required for the insertion of an article on the warrant for the 
Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Cohasset shall be a minimum of one 
hundred (100) registered voters. 

SECTION 2. This Act shall take effect in the Town of Cohasset upon its 
passage. 

Motion Is defeated. 

Article 8: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, to expand, improve, make 
extraordinary changes, pay for the engineering fees, and all other related 
costs, for the Woodside Cemetery and the Beechwood Cemetery. This article 
is intended to take effect upon passage in Fiscal Year 2001 . 

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Moved that Seven Hundred Thousand ($700,000.00) Dollars be hereby 
appropriated, to be expended by the Town Manager, to expand, improve, 
make extraordinary changes, pay for the engineering fees, and al other 
related costs, for the Woodslde Cemetery and the Beechwood Cemetery; 
that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board 
of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow the sum of Seven Hundred 
Thousand ($700,000.00) Dollars, under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 
7 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling 
authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town, therefore. This article is 
intended to take effect upon passage in Fiscal Year 2001 . 

A 2/3 vote is required 
Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 9: 

To see what sums of money the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, 
transfer from available funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable 
statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town Manager, to 
supplement the funding to make improvements to the "Hagerty Property" on 
Parker Avenue, for the purposes of recreation, boating and conservation as 
voted in Article 16 of the October 23, 2000 Special Town Meeting. This 
article is intended to take effect upon passage in Fiscal Year 2001 . 

Moved that Eighty Thousand ($80,000.00) Dollars be hereby appropriated, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, to supplement the funding to make 
improvements to the "Hagerty Property" on Parker Avenue, for the purposes 
of recreation, boating and conservation as voted in Article 16 of the October 
23, 2000 Special Town Meeting; that to fund this appropriation, the 
Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized 
to borrow the sum of Eighty Thousand ($80,000.00) Dollars, under and 
pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as 
amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the 
Town, therefore. This article is intended to take effect upon passage in 
Fiscal Year 2001. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 
Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 10. 

To see If the Town will vote to establish, pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 53F 
14 of the General Laws, an Enterprise Fund, to be managed by the Board of 
Sewer Commissioners, under the control of the Town Manager, for the 
collection of revenues from fees for use and operation of the North and 
Central Cohasset Sewer Districts, and for the funding of operation and 
maintenance costs and capital improvement costs, based upon the 
availability of funds, for the North Cohasset and Central Cohasset Sewer 

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Districts, sucii funds shall be governed in Fiscal year 2002 in accordance 
with the budget established under Article 3 of this Town Meeting. 

Moved to establish, pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 53FV2 of the General 
Laws, an Enterprise Fund, to be managed jointly by the Board of Sewer 
Commissioners and the Town Manager, for the collection of revenues from 
fees for use and operation of the North and Central Cohasset Sewer 
Districts, and for the funding of operation and maintenance costs and capital 
improvement costs, based upon the availability of funds, for the North 
Cohasset and Central Cohasset Sewer Districts, such funds shall be 
governed In Fiscal Year 2002 in accordance with the budget established 
under Article 3 of this Town Meeting. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 11: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, In consultation with the Sewer 
Commission, for the purpose of Inflow/Infiltration analysis and remediation In 
the existing piping of the Central Sewerage District. This article is intended 
to take effect upon passage In Fiscal Year 2001 . 

Moved that Thirty Thousand ($30,000.00) Dollars be hereby appropriated, to 
be expended by the Town Manager, in consultation with the Sewer 
Commission, for the purpose of Inflow/Infiltration analysis and remediation in 
the existing piping of the Central Sewerage District; that to fund this 
appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, Is 
hereby authorized to borrow the sum of Thirty Thousand ($30,000.00) 
Dollars, under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massachusetts 
General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue 
bonds or notes of the Town, therefore. This article is Intended to take effect 
upon passage in Fiscal Year 2001 . 

A 2/3 vote is required. 
Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 12: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, in consultation with the Sewer 
Commission, for the purpose of wastewater treatment facilities capacity 
validation, environmental studies, and permitting, to provide for the future 
connection of the Little Harbor Sewerage District, created to assure the 
preservation of public health and the ecology of the Little Harbor Watershed, 
which watershed includes the existing homes as identified in a listing on file 

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at the Town Clerk's Office and the Office of the Sewer Commission, entitled 
"Existing Homes In Little Harbor Wate^shed^ 

Moved that Two Hundred Thousand ($200,000.00) Dollars be hereby 
appropriated, to be expended by the Town Manager, in consultation with the 
Sewer Commission, for the purpose of wastewater treatment facilities 
capacity validation, environmental studies, and permitting, to provide for the 
future connection of the Little Harbor Sewerage District, created to assure 
the preservation of public health and the ecology of the Little Harbor 
Watershed, which watershed includes the existing homes as identified in a 
listing on file at the Town Clerk's Office and the Office of the Sewer 
Commission, entitled "Existing Homes in Little Harbor Watershed"; that to 
fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of 
Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow the sum of Two Hundred 
Thousand ($200,000.00) Dollars, under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 
7 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling 
authority, and to Issue bonds or notes of the Town, therefore. This article is 
intended to take effect upon passage in Fiscal Year 2001 . 

Main motion adopted by the required 2/3's. 

Resolution offered by John McNabb, Jr., Chairman of the Board of 
Water Commissioners. 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: 

WHEREAS, Richard "Chip" Muncey has served the Town of Cohasset as a 
member of the Board of Water Commissioners for four (4) years, from 1996 
until the end of 2000, when he resigned this position; and 

WHEREAS, Richard "Chip" Muncey has also served the Town of Cohasset 
as a valued employee of the Water Department for ten years, from 1987 
through 1996; and 

WHEREAS, Richard "Chip" Muncey's extensive knowledge of the operation 
of the Cohasset Water Distribution System provided an invaluable 
contribution to the Board of Water Commissioners; and 

WHEREAS, the Town of Cohasset wish to acknowledge the important 
contribution made by Richard "Chip" Muncey towards assuring that the 
people of the Town of Cohasset have a safe, abundant, and clean public 
drinking water supply; and 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Citizens of Cohasset in 
Town Meeting assembled this thirty-first day of March 2001 hereby record 
their deep appreciation for the outstanding service rendered to the Town of 
Cohasset by Richard "Chip" Muncey and wish him success in his future 
endeavors. 

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Resolution adopted unanimously. 

Article 13: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money for the Water Commission to acquire land including the area of land 
(Map 56, Plot 52) known as the "Wolf Pit" located on or near Doane Street 
and Beechwood Street by gift, purchase or eminent domain for the purpose 
of protection of the sources of public water supply. This article is intended to 
take effect upon passage in Fiscal Year 2001 . 

Moved that One Hundred Fifty Thousand ($150,000.00) Dollars be hereby 
appropriated, with the intention that these funds be available in Fiscal Year 
2001 and thereafter, for the Water Commission to acquire land including the 
area of land (Map 56, Plot 52) known as the "Wolf Pit" located on or near 
Doane Street and Beechwood Street by gift, purchase or eminent domain for 
the purpose of protection of the sources of public water supply; that to fund 
this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of 
Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow the sum of One Hundred Fifty 
Thousand ($150,000.00) Dollars, under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 
8 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling 
authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town, therefore, such borrowing 
to be general obligations of the Town with the Intent that such bonds shall be 
repaid from Water Department Revenues. 

Motion adopted by the required 2/3's. 

Article 14: 

To see if the Town will vote to approve a petition to the General Court, 
accompanied by the following bill for special law relating to the Town of 
Cohasset under Clause (1) of Section 8 of Article 2, as amended, of the 
amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to 
the end that legislation be adopted precisely as follows, except for clerical or 
editorial changes of form only 

AN ACT TO ALLOW COHASSET WATER COMMISSIONERS TO SERVE 
IN OTHER TOWN OFFICERS 

SECTION 1. Section 14 of Chapter 128 of the Acts of 1886, as amended, by 
Section 6 of Chapter 489 of the Acts of 1 946, is hereby amended by striking 
the following words "(none of whom during their service shall hold any other 
regular, elective or appointive town office." 

SECTION 2. This Act shall take effect upon its passage. 

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Moved that the Town vote to approve a petition to the General Court, 
accompanied by the following bill for a special law relating to the Town of 
Cohasset under Clause (1) of Section 8 of Article 2, as amended, of the 
Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to 
the end that legislation be adopted precisely as follows, except for clerical or 
editorial changes of form only: 

AN ACT TO ALLOW COHASSET WATER COMMISSIONERS TO SERVE 
IN OTHER TOWN OFFICES 

SECTION 1 . Section 14 of Chapter 128 of the Acts of 1886, as amended 
by Section 6 of Chapter 489 of the Acts of 1946, is hereby amended by 
striking the following words: "(none of whom during their service shall hold 
any other regular, elective or appointive town office)". 

SECTION 2 . This Act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Amendment offered by Board of Selectmen. 

Moved that the Town vote to approve a petition to the General Court, 
accompanied by the following bill for a special law relating to the Town of 
Cohasset under Clause (1) of Section 8 of Article 2, as amended, of the 
Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to 
the end that legislation be adopted precisely as follows, except for clerical or 
editorial changes of form only: 

AN ACT TO ALLOW COHASSET WATER COMMISSIONERS TO SERVE 
IN OTHER TOWN OFFICES 

SECTION 1 . Section 14 of Chapter 128 of the Acts of 1886, as amended 
by Section 6 of Chapter 489 of the Acts of 1946, is hereby amended by 
striking the following words: "(none of whom during their service shall hold 
any other regular, elective or appointive town office)" and by inserting in 
place thereof the words: "(no Water Commissioner during their service shall 
hold any other elective office). 

SECTION 2 . This Act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Motion to amend is adopted. 

Main motion as amended is adopted. 



Article 15: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article XIII, Hazardous Materials, of the 
General Bylaws, by striking Section 1 and inserting in place thereof the 
following: 

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SECTION 1: PURPOSE 

The purpose of this Section is to protect, preserve and maintain the existing 
and potential groundwater supply, groundwater recharge areas, and surface 
water within the town from contamination and to protect the public health and 
welfare. And by amending Section 2 by striking the definition of "Hazardous 
material" and Inserting in place thereof the following: 

"Hazardous material" means a product, waste or combination of substances 
which because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, toxic, 
radioactive or infectious characteristics may reasonably pose a significant, 
actual, or potential hazard to human health, safety, welfare, or the 
environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, used, disposed of, 
or otherwise managed. Hazardous materials include, without limitation, 
synthetic organic chemicals, petroleum products, heavy metals, radioactive 
or Infectious materials, and all substances defined as "toxic" or "hazardous" 
under Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L.) Chapters 21 C and 21 E using 
the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material List (in 310 CMR 40.0000). 
And by further amending Section 2 by striking the definition of "discharge" 
and inserting in place thereof the following: 

"Discharge" means the accidental or intentional disposal, deposit, injection, 
dumping, spilling, leaking, incineration, or placing of toxic or hazardous 
material upon or into any land or water so that such hazardous material or 
any constituent thereof may enter the air, land, or waters of the 
Commonwealth. Discharge includes, without limitation, leakage of such 
materials from failed or discarded containers or storage systems and 
disposal of such materials Into any on-site leaching structure or sewage 
disposal system; and by further amending Section 2 by adding the following 
new definitions: 

"Commercial or Industrial Facility" means public or private establishment 
where the principal use is the supply, sale, and/or manufacture of services, 
products, or information, including but not limited to: manufacturing, 
processing, or other industrial operations; wholesale establishments; service 
or retail establishments; printing or publishing establishments; research and 
development facilities; small quantity or very small quantity generators of 
hazardous waste as defined by the Department; laboratories; hospitals; 
schools. This definition shall specifically include, but not be limited to: all 
vehicle body work or repair facilities, machine shops, dry cleaners, photo- 
processing labs, funeral homes, and furniture strippers. 

"Department" means the Massachusetts Department of Environmental 
Protection 



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"Materials Safety Data Sheet" (MSDS) means information sheets, available 
by law from the manufacturer, containing data on physical characteristics, 
flammability, exploslvity, reactivity, and the health and safety hazards of 
specific chemicals, as well as information relative to procedures 
recommended for spills and leaks of specific chemicals and special 
protection and precautions to be taken in the handling of specific chemicals. 

"Reportable Quantity" means the quantity of oil or hazardous material the 
release of which, or threat of release of which, requires notification to the 
Department under M.G.L. c. 21 E, s. 7, and/or 310 CMR 40.0350 through 310 
CMR 40.0352. 

"Use of Hazardous Material" means the handling, generation, treatment, 
storage, or management of hazardous materials; and by amending Section 
3(a) by inserting the following new sections: 

(v) Registration Requirements 

The following information must be submitted as part of the registration 
process: 

(a) A map or drawing locating areas where hazardous materials are 
stored, handled, and/or in use. The map shall be drawn to scale, on 
8" X 11" paper (or an as built plan of the facility may be substituted), 
with a north arrow and names of bordering streets clearly noted. If 
storage occurs both indoors and outdoors, a map for each of the 
indoor and outdoor storage areas shall be submitted. Areas in which 
emergency equipment such as spill kits and medical supplies are 
kept must also be identified on the map, and submitted to the 
(implementing authority) as well as the fire department. 

(b) A written description shall accompany the map and specify: product 
names (chemical names or types may be substituted here); MSDS 
sheets for each product; quantities of materials in each location; the 
type of storage container (e.g., 55 gallon drum, underground storage 
tank); and anticipated on-site additions, for {the subject registration 
period}, of hazardous materials meeting the threshold quantity noted 
above. 

(c) Information pertaining to the disposal of hazardous wastes: 
Hazardous Waste Generator ID number, name of the hazardous 
waste transporter(s), and methods of handling spills of a volume 
under the reportable quantity (as defined in this document). Facilities 
without an ID# may contact the Department at 1-800-343-3420 to 
obtain one. 

(vi) Updating of Registration 

(a) If, during or after the registration period, a change in ownership 
and/or occupancy of a business occurs, an updated registration must 

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be submitted to the (implementing authority) within thirty days. 
Registration is not transferable between past and future owners of a 
business and/or occupants of a premise, 
(b) If any of the following activities occur during or after the registration 
period, the corresponding information in the business' registration 
package shall be highlighted and corrected at the time of re- 
registration: 

1. remodeling, operating changes, or expansion of an existing 
facility which would modify the type or quantity of hazardous 
materials managed; 

2. changes in the location or method of use, storage, manufacture 
or handling of hazardous materials in any facility; and/or 

3. addition of new hazardous materials meeting the threshold 
quantity listed above which are not anticipated in the registration. 

(vii) Facility Closure In the event that a facility permanently ceases 
operations during the subject registration period, the owner or 
operator of the facility shall notify the (implementing authority) of 
said closure at least 30 days before the closure; and 

By amending Section 4, Water Resource District, by striking subsection 4(C) 
and inserting In place thereof the following 

(c) Herbicides and Pesticides 

Notice of planned routine application of herbicides or pesticides by the Town 
of Cohasset or commercial contractors within the Water Resource District 
shall be provided to the Board of Health and Water Commission at least 
seven (7) cays prior to application to allow them to be reviewed for 
consistency with the pesticide label and state pesticide regulations. 

by striking Section 5 "Variances" and inserting in place thereof the following: 

Sections. EXEMPTIONS & VARIANCES 

(a) * The following materials, activities, and facilities are not within the 
scope of authority of this Bylaw: 

(i) Household waste including garbage, trash, and 

domestic sanitary sewage, 
(ii) Wastes generated from the growing of agricultural 

crops and the raising of animals, including manure; 

which is returned to the soil as fertilizer. 
(Hi) The labeling of hazardous materials which are or will 

be exposed for sale at retail establishments. 

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(iv) Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities as 

defined by 310 CMR 30.000. 
(v) Large Quantity Generators of hazardous wastes as 

defined by 310 CMR 30.000. 
(vi) Facilities that file Tier II reports as defined by SARA 

Title ill. 

(b) The Board of Health may, unless otherwise required by law, vary the 
application of any provision of this Bylaw in any case, when, in its 
opinion, the applicant has demonstrated that a degree of 
environmental protection equivalent to that required under this 
Section will still be achieved, and that all other applicable 
requirements, including those contained in 527 CMR 9.00 as 
amended, will be met. The applicant at his own expense must notify 
ail abutters by certified mail at least fourteen (14) days before the 
hearing at which such variance request will be considered. The 

. notification shall state the variance sought and the reasons therefore. 
The Board of Health shall also notify the Water Department, 
Planning Board, Fire Chief, and Building Inspector or any variance 
requested under this Section, for their response in writing. Any 
variance granted by the Board of Health shall be in writing; any 
denial of a variance shall also be in writing and shall contain a brief 
statement of the reasons for the denial. 

(c) No provision of this Bylaw shall be construed as superseding the 
authority of the Conservation Commission pursuant to 
Massachusetts General Laws or the Town Bylaws; by striking 
Section 6, Additional Prohibitions, and by inserting in place thereof 
the following: 

Sections. ADDITIONAL PROHIBITIONS. 

Other than that which is allowed by other local, state, or federal laws, 
regulations, and/or permits, the discharge of hazardous materials within the 
limits of the Water Resource District is prohibited. This prohibition includes, 
but is not limited to, discharges of hazardous materials to: exposed and 
unsaturated soils; wetlands; surface water resources; ground water; sanitary 
sewers; storm drains; floor drains and sinks which discharge to the 
environment; and septic systems. 

(a) The sale and/or use of septic system additives or cleaners not 
specifically allowed by the Department (310 CMR 15.027 & 15.028) 
is prohibited. 

(b) The installation of new underground storage containers for 
hazardous materials other than for gasoline or for chemicals used in 
the treatment of a public drinking water source is prohibited in the 
Water Resource District. 

by striking Section 7 and adding three new sections, as follows: 

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Section 7. NOTIFICATION AND EMERGENCY PLANNING 



(a) Notification: in tlie case of a spiil and/or loss of iiazardous material 
at or above the "reportable quantity", the owner/operator must 
immediately report the spill or loss to the fire department. 
Notification to the board of health shall occur within 24 hours of the 
spill. Notification to the Departments Emergency Response Section 
shall be made in accordance with 310 CMR 40.0000. 

(b) Planning: The following precautions shall be taken by all facilities 
subject to the registration requirements set forth above: 

(i) The map and written description specified above 

must also be posted at one of the following on-site 
locations: guard shack, fire alarm box, sprinkler riser, 
or other location acceptable to the head of the fire 
department. The location of this posting must be 
specified during registration. 

(ii) MSDS sheets must be kept on file at all times at an 
on-site location, and must be readily available during 
routine inspections and in the event of an 
emergency. 

(ii) Facilities shall provide adequate and reasonable 
employee training programs to ensure the proper 
use, storage, transportation and handling of 
hazardous materials. 

(iv) Facilities shall provide emergency spill containment 
kits on site and in accessible areas, and all 
employees shall be trained in their use. 

Sections. SEVERABILITY 



Each provision of this bylaw shall be construed as separate to the end that, if 
any provision, or sentence, clause or phrase thereof, shall be held invalid for 
any reason, the remainder of that section and all other sections shall 
continue in full force and effect. 



Section 9. ENFORCEMENT 

Any person who fails to comply with provisions of this bylaw shall be 
punished by a fine of not less than two hundred ($200) dollars, nor more than 
one thousand ($1,000) dollars. Each day's failure to comply with the 
provisions of this regulation shall constitute a separate violation. Upon the 
request of the Board of Health, the Board of Selectmen shall take such legal 
action as is necessary to enforce this bylaw. This bylaw may be enforced 

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pursuant to the non-criminal disposition statute, Cliapter 40, Section 21 D, of 
the Massachusetts General Laws. 

Moved to amend Article XIII, Hazardous Materials, of the General Bylaws as 
follows: 

1 . by striking Section 1 and inserting in place thereof the following: 

The purpose of this Section is to protect, preserve and maintain the existing 
and potential groundwater supply, groundwater recharge areas, and surface 
water within the town from contamination and to protect the public health and 
welfare.; and 

2. by amending Section 2 by striking the definition of "Hazardous 
material" and Inserting in place thereof the following: 

"Hazardous material" means a product, waste or combination of substances 
which because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, toxic, 
radioactive or infectious characteristics may reasonably pose a significant, 
actual, or potential hazard to human health, safety, welfare, or the 
environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, used, disposed of, 
or otherwise managed. Hazardous materials include, without limitation, 
synthetic organic chemicals, petroleum products, heavy metals, radioactive 
or infectious materials, and all substances defined as "toxic" or "hazardous" 
under Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapters 21 C and 21 E using the 
Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material List (in 310 CMR 40.0000). and 

3. by further amending Section 2 by striking the definition of "discharge" 
and inserting in place thereof the following: 

"Discharge" means the accidental or intentional disposal, deposit, injection, 
dumping, spilling, leaking. Incineration, or placing of toxic or hazardous 
material upon or into any land or water so that such hazardous material or 
any constituent thereof may enter the air, land, or waters of the 
Commonwealth. Discharge includes, without limitation, leakage of such 
materials from failed or discarded containers or storage systems and 
disposal of such materials into any on-site leaching structure or sewage 
disposal system. 

4. by further amending Section 2 by adding the following new 
definitions: 

"Commercial or Industrial Facility" means public or private establishment 
where the principal use is the supply, sale, and/or manufacture of services, 
products, or information. Including but not limited to: manufacturing, 
processing, or other industrial operations; wholesale establishments; service 
or retail establishments; printing or publishing establishments; research and 
development facilities; small quantity or very small quantity generators of 

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hazardous waste as defined by the Department; laboratories; hospitals; 
schools. This definition shall specifically include, but not be limited to: all 
vehicle body work or repair facilities, machine shops, dry cleaners, photo- 
processing labs, funeral homes, and furniture strippers. 

"Department" means the Massachusetts Department of Environmental 
Protection 

"Materials Safety Data Sheet" (MSDS) means information sheets, available 
by law from the manufacturer, containing data on physical characteristics, 
flammabillty, explosivity, reactivity, and the health and safety hazards of 
specific chemicals, as well as information relative to procedures 
recommended for spills and leaks of specific chemicals and special 
protection and precautions to be taken in the handling of specific chemicals. 

"Reportable Quantity" means the quantity of oil or hazardous material the 
release of which, or threat of release of which, requires notification to the 
Department under M.G.L. c. 21 E, s. 7, and/or 310 CMR 40.0350 through 310 
CMR 40.0352. 

"Use of Hazardous Material" means the handling, generation, treatment, 
storage, or management of hazardous materials. 

5. by amending Section 3(a) by inserting the following new sections: 

(v) Registration Requirements 

The following information must be submitted as part of the registration 
process: 

(a) A map or drawing locating areas where hazardous materials are 
stored, handled, and/or in use. The map shall be drawn to scale, on 
8" X 11" paper (or an as built plan of the facility may be substituted), 
with a north arrow and names of bordering streets clearly noted. If 
storage occurs both indoors and outdoors, a map for each of the 
indoor and outdoor storage areas shall be submitted. Areas in which 
emergency equipment such as spill kits and medical supplies are 
kept must also be identified on the map, and submitted to the Board 
of Health as well as the fire department. 

(b) A written description shall accompany the map and specify: product 
names (chemical names or types may be substituted here); MSDS 
sheets for each product; quantities of materials in each location; the 
type of storage container (e.g., 55 gallon drum, underground storage 
tank); and anticipated on-site additions, for {the subject registration 
period}, of hazardous materials meeting the threshold quantity noted 
above. 

(c) Information pertaining to the disposal of hazardous wastes: 
Hazardous Waste Generator ID number, name of the hazardous 

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waste transporter(s), and methods of handling spills of a volume 
under the reportable quantity (as defined in this document). Facilities 
without an ID# may contact the Department at 1-800-343-3420 to 
obtain one. 

(vi) Updating of Registration 

(a) If, during or after the registration period, a change in ownership 
and/or occupancy of a business occurs, an updated registration must 
be submitted to the Board of Health within thirty days. Registration is 
not transferable between past and future owners of a business 
and/or occupants of a premise. 

(b) If any of the following activities occur during or after the registration 
period, the corresponding information in the business' registration 
package shall be highlighted and corrected at the time of re- 
registration: 

1. remodeling, operating changes, or expansion of an 
existing facility which would modify the type or 
quantity of hazardous materials managed; 

2. changes in the location or method of use, storage, 
manufacture or handling of hazardous materials in 
any facility; and/or 

3. addition of new hazardous materials meeting the 
threshold quantity listed above which are not 
anticipated in the registration. 

(vil) Facility Closure In the event that a facility permanently ceases 
operations during the subject registration period, the owner or 
operator of the facility shall notify the Board of Health of said closure 
at least 30 days before the closure, and 

6. by striking Section 5 "Variances" and inserting in place thereof the 

following: 

Section 5. EXEMPTIONS & VARIANCES 

(a) The following materials, activities, and facilities are not within the 
scope of authority of this Bylaw: 

(I) Household waste including garbage, trash, and 
domestic sanitary sewage. 

(II) Wastes generated from the growing of agricultural 
crops and the raising of animals, including manure; 
which is returned to the soil as fertilizer. 

(ill) The labeling of hazardous materials ;which are or 
will be exposed for sale at retail establishments. 



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(iv) Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities as 

defined by 31 CMR 30.000. 
(v) Large Quantity Generators of hazardous wastes as 

defined by 310 CMR 30.000. 
(vi) Facilities that file Tier II reports as defined by SARA 
Title III. 

(b) The Board of Health may, unless otherwise required by law, vary the 
application of any provision of this Bylaw in any case, when, in its 
opinion, the applicant has demonstrated that a degree of 
environmental protection equivalent to that required under this 
Section will still be achieved, and that all other applicable 
requirements, including those contained in 527 CMR 9.00 as 
amended, will be met. The applicant at his own expense must notify 
all abutters by certified mail at least fourteen (14) days before the 
hearing at which such variance request will be considered. The 
notification shall state the variance sought and the reasons therefore. 
The Board of Health shall also notify the Water Department, 
Planning Board, Fire Chief, and Building Inspector or any variance 
requested under this Section, for their response in writing. Any 
variance granted by the Board of Health shall be in writing; any 
denial of a variance shall also be in writing and shall contain a brief 
statement of the reasons for the denial. 

(c) No provision of this Bylaw shall be construed as superseding the 
authority of the Conservation Commission pursuant to 
Massachusetts General Laws or the General Bylaws; and 

7. by striking Section 6, Additional Prohibitions, and by Inserting in 

place thereof the following: 



Section 6. ADDITIONAL PROHIBITIONS. 

Other than that which is allowed by other local, state, or federal laws, 
regulations, and/or permits, the discharge of hazardous materials within the 
limits of the Water Resource District is prohibited. This prohibition includes, 
but is not limited to, discharges of hazardous materials to: exposed and 
unsaturated soils; wetlands; surface water resources; ground water; sanitary 
sewers; storm drains; floor drains and sinks which discharge to the 
environment; and septic systems. 

(a) The owner or operator of a facility where a hazardous material has 
been discharged into the Water Resource District shall immediately 
report the discharge to the Fire Department, who shall notify the 
Health Agent and the Water Department. 

(b) The sale and/or use of septic system additives or cleaners not 
specifically allowed by the Department (310 CMR 15.027 & 15.028) 
Is prohibited. 

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(c) The installation of new underground storage containers for 
hazardous materials other than for gasoline or for chemicals used in 
the treatment of a public drinking water source is prohibited. 

8. by striking Section 7 and adding three new sections, as follows: 



Section 7. NOTIFICATION AND EMERGENCY PLANNING 



(a) Notification: In the case of a spill and/or loss of hazardous material 
at or above the "reportable quantity", the owner/operator must 
immediately report the spill or loss to the fire department. 
Notification to the board of health shall occur within 24 hours of the 
spill. Notification to the Departments Emergency Response Section 
shall be made in accordance with 310 CMR 40.0000. 

(b) Planning: The following precautions shall be taken by all facilities 
subject to the registration requirements set forth above: 

(i) The map and written description specified above 

must also be posted at one of the following on-site locations: 
guard shack, fire alarm box, sprinkler riser, or other location 
acceptable to the head of the fire department. The location 
of this posting must be specified during registration, 
(ii) MSDS sheets must be kept on file at all times at an 
on-site location, and must be readily available during routine 
inspections and in the event of an emergency, 
(ii) Facilities shall provide adequate and reasonable 
employee training programs to ensure the proper use, 
storage, transportation and handling of hazardous materials, 
(iv) Facilities shall provide emergency spill containment 
kits on site and in accessible areas, and all employees shall 
be trained in their use. 

Sections. SEVERABILITY 



Each provision of this bylaw shall be construed as separate to the end that, if 
any provision, or sentence, clause or phrase thereof, shall be held invalid for 
any reason, the remainder of that section and ail other sections shall 
continue in full force and effect. 



Sections. ENFORCEMENT 

(!) The Board of Health or its agents may enter upon privately owned 

property for the purpose of performing their duties under this bylaw. 

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(II) Any person who fails to comply with provisions of this bylaw shall 
be punished by a fine of $300.00. Each day's failure to comply 
with the provisions of this regulation shall constitute a separate 
violation. Upon the request of the Board of Health, the Board of 
Selectmen shall take such legal action as is necessary to 
enforce this bylaw. This bylaw may be enforced pursuant to the 
non-criminal disposition statute, M.G.L. c. 40, section, 21 D. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 16: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws as follows: 

By amending Section 2.1, definitions, by inserting the following definitions: 

"Aquifer" means a geologic formation composed of rock, sand or gravel that 
contains significant amounts of potentially recoverable water. 

"Impervious Surface" means a material or structure on, above, or below the 
ground that does not allow precipitation or surface water to penetrate directly 
into the soil. 

"Mining" means the removal or relocation of geologic materials such as 
topsoH, sand, gravel, metallic ores, or bedrock. 

"Potential Drinking Water Source" means areas; which could provide potable 
water in the future. 

"Recharge Areas" means areas that collect precipitation or surface water and 
carry it to aquifers. Recharge areas may include areas designated as Zone I, 
Zone II, or Zone III. 

and by striking the definition of "Toxic or Hazardous Materials" and 
substituting In place thereof the following: 

Toxic or Hazardous Material: Any substance or mixture of substances with 
physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics posing a significant, actual or 
potential, to water supplies or other hazards to human health if such 
substance or mixture of substances were discharged to air, land, or water. 
Toxic or hazardous materials include, without limitation; solvents and 
thinners in quantities greater than normal household use, synthetic organic 
chemicals, petroleum products, heavy metals, radioactive or infectious 
wastes, acids and alkalis, and all substances defined as Toxic or Hazardous 
under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 21 C, Chapter 21 E, 310 CMR 
30.00, the Zoning Bylaws and the General Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset. 

and by amending Section 14, Water Resource District, as follows: 

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by striking Sections 1 and 2 and inserting in place tliereof the following: 

1. PURPOSE OF DISTRICT 

The purpose of the Water Resource District is to: 

(a) promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the community by 

ensuring an adequate quality and quantity of drinking water for the 
residents, institutions, and businesses of the Town of Cohasset; and 

(b) preserve, protect, and maintain the existing and potential ground and 

surface water resources providing water supply for the Town of 
Cohasset; and 

(c) conserve the natural resources of the Town of Cohasset; and 

(d) prevent temporary and permanent contamination of the environment. 

2. ESTABLISHMENT OF DISTRICT 

The water resource district is hereby established as an overlay district. The 
water resource district is delineated on the map entitled "Water Resource 
District, Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts" dated March, 1986, as revised 
March 2001 , and on file with the Town Clerk, and 

by amending Section 3 "Use Regulations" as follows: 

by amending subsection 14.3.1, "Prohibited Uses" by striking subsections "c" 
through T and Inserting In place thereof the following: 

c. auto service stations and automotive repair garages; 

d. underground storage of hazardous materials or petroleum 
substances; 



e. landfills receiving only wastewater and/or septage residuals including 
those approved by the Department pursuant to M.G.L.c. 21. §26 - 
through 53; M.G.L.c. 111, §17; M.G.L c. 83, §6 and 7, and 
regulations promulgated thereunder; 

f. facilities that generate, treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste 
that are subject to M.G.L. c.21 C and 310 CMR 30.00, except for the 
following 

(i) very small quantity generators as defined under 310 

CMR 30.000; 
(li) household hazardous waste centers and events 

under 310 CMR 30.390; 
(iil) waste oil retention facilities required by M.G.L. c. 21 , 

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§ 52A; 
(iv) water remediation treatment works approved by 
DEP for the treatment of contaminated ground or 
surface waters; 
g. petroleum, fuel oils, and heating oil bulk stations and terminals 
including, but not limited to, those listed under Standard Industrial 
Classification (SIC) Codes 5171 and 5983. SIC Codes established in 
the US Office of Management and Budget publication. Standard 
Industrial Classification Manual, as amended; 

h. storage of liquid hazardous materials, as defined in G.L.c. 21 E, and 
liquid petroleum products, unless such storage is: 

(i) above ground level; and 

(ii) in an impervious surface; and 

(ill) either 

(a) In container(s) within a building; or in above ground container(s); 

(b) outdoors in covered container(s) or above ground tank(s) in an area 
that has a containment system designed to hold either 10% of the 
total possible storage capacity of all containers, or 110% of the 
largest container's storage capacity, whichever is greater; 

I. storage of sludge and septage, unless such storage is in compliance 

with 310 CMR 32.30 and 310 CMR 32.31; 
j. storage of deicing chemicals unless such storage, including loading 

areas, is within a structure designed to prevent the generation and 

escape of contaminated runoff or leachate; 

k. storage of animal manure unless covered or contained in 
accordance with the specifications of the Natural Resource 
Conservation Service: 



I. earth removal, consisting of the removal of soil, loam, sand, gravel, 
or any other earth material (including mining activities) to within 4 
feet of historical high groundwater as determined from monitoring 
wells and historical water table fluctuation data compiled by the 
United States Geological Survey, except for excavations for building 
foundations, roads, septic systems or utility works 

m. discharge to the ground of non-sanitary wastewater including 
industrial and commercial process wastewater, except: 

(i) the replacement or repair of an existing treatment 

works that will not result in a design capacity greater 



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than the design capacity of the existing treatment 

worl<s; 
(ii) treatment worlds approved by the Department 

designed for the treatment of contaminated ground 

or surface water and operating in compliance with 

314 CMR 5.05(3) or 5.05(1 3); 
(iii) publicly owned treatment works; 

n. stockpiling and disposal of snow and ice containing deicing 
chemicals if brought in from outside the district; 

0. 

p. storage of commercial fertilizers, as defined in M.G.L. 
Chapter 128, §64, unless such storage is within a structure 
designed to prevent the generation and escape of 
contaminated runoff or leachate. and 



by striking subsection 2 "Uses Requiring Special Permit" and inserting place 
thereof the following: 

2 Uses and Activities Requiring a Special Permit 

The following uses and activities are permitted only upon the issuance of a 
Special Permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals ("the Board") under such 
conditions as they may require: 

a. storage of more than 600 gallons of home heating oils; 

b. those activities, not prohibited in Section 1 above, that involve the 
handling of toxic or hazardous materials in quantities greater than 
those associated with normal household use or that require an EPA 
identification number. Such activities shall require a special permit to 
prevent contamination of groundwater; 

c. on-site sewage disposal having an estimated sewage flow greater 
than 10,000 gallons per day regardless of lot size or greater than 600 
gallons per day if within 500 feet of Lily Pond, Aaron River, Aaron 
River Reservoir, Peppermint Brook, or Brass Kettle Brook; 

d. except for single-family dwellings, on-site sewage disposal systems 
having an estimated sewage flow exceeding sixty gallons per day 
per 10,000 square feet of lot area, and single family dwellings with 
on-site disposal systems having an estimated sewage flow 
exceeding 600 gallons per day; 

e. any use that will render impervious more than 40% or 2,500 square 
feet of any lot, whichever is greater. Any special permit for such use 
shall Include the following conditions. A system for groundwater 
recharge must be provided which does not degrade groundwater 
quality. For non-residential uses, recharge shall be by storm water 
infiltration basins or similar system covered with natural vegetation, 
and dry wells shall be used only where other methods are infeasible. 

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For all non-residential uses, all such basins and wells shall be 
preceded by oil, grease, and sediment traps to facilitate removal of 
contamination. Any and all recharge areas shall be permanently 
maintained in full working order by the owner. 

f. more than minor removal of existing trees and vegetation on more 
than seventy percent of a lot area; 

g. the application of road salt in areas posted as "no salt area" with in 
the water resource district; and 

by Inserting a new Section 3, as follows: 

3. Permitted Uses. 

The following uses are permitted within the Water Resource District, provided 
that all necessary permits, orders, or approvals required by local, state, or 
federal law are also obtained. 

i. conservation of soil, water, plants, and 

wildlife; 
ii. outdoor recreation, nature study, boating, 

fishing, and hunting where otherwise legally 

permitted; 
ill. foot, bicycle and/or horse paths, and 

bridges; 
iv. normal operation and maintenance 

of existing water bodies and dams, splash 

boards, and other water control, supply and 

conservation devices; 
V. maintenance, repair, and enlargement of 

any existing structure, subject to Section B 

(prohibited uses) and Section C (special 

permitted uses); 
vi. residential development, subject to 

Section B (prohibited uses) and Section C 

(special permitted uses); 
vii. farming, gardening, nursery, 

conservation, forestry, harvesting, and 

grazing, subject to Section B (prohibited 

uses) and Section C (special permitted 

uses); 
viii. construction, maintenance, repair, 

and enlargement of drinking water supply 

related facilities such as, but not limited to, 

wells, pipelines, aqueducts, and tunnels. 

Underground storage tanks related to these uses are not categorically 
permitted; and by striking Section 5 and inserting in place thereof the 
following: 

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5 PROCEDURES FOR ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PERMIT 



a. The Zoning Board of Appeals ("the Board") may, in its discretion, 
grant a special permit for a use or activity listed in section 3(2) above 
If the board determines that the purposes of the Water Resource 
District as stated in Section 1 "Purpose of District" above and the 
specific standards described and referred to in subsection (c) below 
are satisfied. The Board shall not grant a special permit under this 
section unless the petitioner's application includes, in the Board's 
opinion, sufficiently detailed, definitive and credible Information to 
support positive findings in relation to such purposes and standards. 
The board shall consider the recommendations, if any, of the Board 
of Health, Conservation Commission, Planning Board, and Water 
Commission and shall state in its decision the basis for any 
departure from such recommendations. 

b. Upon receipt of the special permit application, the Board shall 
transmit one copy to the Planning Board, Board of Health, the 
Conservation Commission, and Water Commission for their written 
recommendations. Failure to respond in writing within 35 days of 
receipt by the Board shall indicate approval or no desire to comment 
by said agency. The necessary number of copies of the application 
shall be furnished by the applicant. 

c. The Board may grant the special permit only upon finding that the 
proposed structure or use meets the purposes of the Water 
Resource District as stated in Section 1 . "Purpose of District", the 
provisions of Section 12.4 through 12.4.4 of this Bylaw entitled 
"Special Permits By Board of Appeals, Conditions, Procedures", any 
regulations or guidelines adopted by the Board and the following 
standards. The proposed use must: 

1 . in no way, during construction or thereafter, 

adversely affect the existing or potential quality or 
quantity of water that is available In the Water 
Resource District; provided that no special permit 
may be granted unless the Board determines that 
the groundwater quality resulting form on-site waste 
disposal, other operations on-site, and natural 
recharge will not fall below federal or state standards 
for drinking water when averaged over the 
boundaries of the site, or, if existing groundwater 
quality is already below those standards, that on-site 
disposal or operations will result in no further 
deterioration and unless the Board determines that 
the proposed control and response measures 

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adequately and reliably mitigate risk to groundwater 
quality resulting from accident or system failure; 
2. be designed to minimize substantial disturbance of 

the soils, topography, drainage, vegetation, and 
other water-related natural characteristics of the site 
to be developed; 

The Board may adopt regulations to govern design features of 
projects. Such regulations shall be consistent with subdivision 
regulations adopted by the Planning Board. 

The applicant shall file seven (7) copies of a site plan and 
attachments. The site plan shall be drawn at a proper scale as 
determined by the Board and be stamped by a professional 
engineer. All additional submittals shall be prepared by qualified 
professionals. The site plan and Its attachments shall at a minimum 
include the following Information where pertinent: 

1. a complete list of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, 
fertilizers, fuels, and other potentially hazardous 
materials to be used or stored on the premises in 
quantities greater than those associated with normal 
household use; 

2. for those activities using or storing such hazardous 
materials, a hazardous materials management plan 
shall be prepared and filed with the Hazardous 
Materials Coordinator, if any, Fire Chief, and Board 
of Health. The plan shall include: 

(a) provisions to protect against the 
discharge of hazardous materials or 
wastes to the environment due to 
spillage, accidental damage, 
corrosion, leakage, or vandalism, 
including spill containment and 
clean-up procedures; materials and 
wastes with impervious floor 
surfaces; 



(b) evidence of compliance with the 
Regulations of the Massachusetts 
Hazardous Waste Management Act 
310 CMR 30, including obtaining an 
EPA identification number from the 
Massachusetts Department of 
Environmental Protection. 



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3. proposed down-gradient location(s) for groundwater 

monitoring well(s), should tiie Board deem the 
activity a potential groundwater threat. 

f. The Board may impose reasonable conditions; which the Board 
determines are necessary to ensure adequate safeguarding of the 
Water Resource District; such conditions may Include without 
limitation, the following: 

1. Monitoring wells to be located down gradient of 
potential pollution sources, with periodic sampling to 
be conducted by the owner at his expense and the 
reporting of said sampling to be provided to the 
Board of Health and Water Commission at the 
owner's expense. 

2. Pollutant source reduction, including limitations on 
use of parking are deicing materials and periodic 
cleaning or renovation of pollution control devices, 
such as catch basin sumps. 

and by adding a new Section 7. as follows: 

7. ENFORCEMENT 

Written notice of any violations of this Bylaw shall be given by the Building 
Inspector to the responsible person as soon as possible after detection of a 
violation or a continuing violation. Notice to the assessed owner of the 
property shall be deemed notice to the responsible person. Such notice shall 
specify the requirement or restriction violated and the nature of the violation, 
and may also identify the actions necessary to remove or remedy the 
violations and preventive measures required for avoiding future violations 
and a schedule of compliance. A copy of such notice shall be submitted to 
the Building Inspector, the Board of Health, Conservation Commission, and 
Water Department. The cost of containment, clean up, or other action of 
compliance shall be borne by the owner and operator of the premises, and 

furthermore; that the boundaries of the Water Resource District shall be set 
forth in a map entitled "Water Resource District, Town of Cohasset, 
Massachusetts" dated March, 1986, as revised March 2001, and on file with 
the Town Clerk and furthermore that a sum of money shall be raised, 
appropriated, or borrowed for the purposes of amending the zoning map by 
printing the boundaries of the Water Resource District as revised on the face 
of said zoning map. 

Annendment offered by William Baird. 

Moved to amend the Zoning Bylaws as follows: 



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1. by amending Section 2.1, definitions, by inserting the following 

definitions: 

"Aquifer" means a geologic formation composed of rock, sand or gravel that 
contains significant amounts of potentially recoverable water. 

"Impervious Surface" means a material or structure on, above, or below the 
ground that does not allow precipitation or surface water to penetrate directly 
into the soil. 

"Mining" means the removal or relocation of geologic materials such as 
topsoil, sand, gravel, metallic ores, or bedrock. 

"Potential Drinking Water Source" means areas of Cohasset which could 
provide potable water in the future. 

"Recharge Areas" means areas that collect precipitation or surface water and 
carry it to aquifers. Recharge areas may include areas designated as Zone I, 
Zone II or Zone III. 

2. and by striking the definition of "Toxic or Hazardous Materials" and 
substituting in place thereof the following: 

Hazardous Material: Any substance or mixture of substances with physical, 
chemical, or infectious characteristics posing a significant, actual or potential 
threat, to water supplies or other hazards to human health if such substance 
or mixture of substances were discharged to air, land, or water. Toxic or 
hazardous materials include, without limitation solvents and thinners in 
quantities greater than normal household use, synthetic organic chemicals, 
petroleum products, heavy metals, radioactive or infectious wastes, acids 
and alkalis, and all substances defined as Toxic or Hazardous under 
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 21 C, Chapter 21 E, or 310 CMR 
30.00. 

3. and by amending Section 14, Water Resource District , as follows: 

by striking Sections 14.1 and 14.2 and inserting in place thereof the 
following: 

14.1 PURPOSE OF DISTRICT 

The purpose of the Water Resource District is to: 

(a) promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the community by 
ensuring an adequate quality and quantity of drinking water for the 
residents, institutions, and businesses of the Town of Cohasset; and 



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(b) preserve, protect, and maintain the existing and potential ground and 
surface water resources providing water supply for the Town of 
Cohasset; and 

(c) conserve the natural resources of the Town of Cohasset; and 

(d) prevent temporary and permanent contamination of the environment. 



14.2 ESTABLISHMENT OF DISTRICT 

The water resource district is hereby established as an overlay district. The 
water resource district is delineated on the map entitled "Water Resource 
District, Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts" dated March, 1986, as revised 
March 2001 , and on file with the Town Clerk, and 

4. by amending Section 14.3 "Use Regulations" as follows: 

by amending subsection 14.3.1, "Prohibited Uses" by striking subsections "c" 
through T and inserting in place thereof the following: 

c. auto service stations and automotive repair garages; 

d. underground storage of hazardous materials or petroleum 
substances; 

e. landfills receiving only wastewater and/or septage residuals including 
those approved by the Department pursuant to M.G.L.c. 21. §26 - 
through 53; M.G.L.c. Ill, §17; M.G.L c. 83, §6 and 7, and 
regulations promulgated thereunder; 

f. facilities that generate, treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste 
that are subject to M.G.L.c. 21 C and 310 CMR 30.00, except for the 
following; 

(i) very small quantity generators as defined under 310 

CMR 30.000; 
(ii) household hazardous waste centers and events 

under 310 CMR 30.390; 
(lii) waste oil retention facilities required by M.G.L. c. 21, 

§ 52A; 
(iv) water remediation treatment works approved by 

DEP for the treatment of contaminated ground or 

surface waters; 

g. petroleum, fuel oils, and heating oil bulk stations and terminals 
including, but not limited to, those listed under Standard Industrial 
Classification (SIC) Codes 5171 and 5983. SIC Codes established in 
the US Office of Management and Budget publication. Standard 
Industrial Classification Manual, as amended; 

h. storage of liquid hazardous materials, as defined in G.L.c. 21 E, and 

liquid petroleum products, unless such storage Is: 

(i) above ground level; and 

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(ii) in an impervious surface; and 
(iii) eitlier . 

(a) in container(s) within a building; or in above ground 
container(s); 

(b) outdoors In covered container(s) or above ground 
tank(s) in an area that has a containment system 
designed to hold either 10% of the total possible 
storage capacity of all containers, or 110% of the 
largest container's storage capacity, whichever is 
greater; 

i. storage of sludge and septage, unless such storage is in compliance 

with 31 CMR 32.30 and 31 CMR 32.31 ; 

j. storage of deicing chemicals in amounts greater than 200 pounds 

unless such storage, including loading areas, is within a structure 
designed to prevent the generation and escape of contaminated 
runoff or leachate; 

k. stockpiling and disposal of snow and ice containing deicing 

chemicals if brought In from outside the district; 

I. storage of animal manure unless covered or contained in 

accordance with the specifications of the Natural Resource 
Conservation Service to prevent polluted runoff; 

m. earth removal, consisting of the removal of soil, loam, sand, gravel, 
or any other earth material (including mining activities) to within 4 
feet of historical high groundwater as determined from monitoring 
wells and historical water table fluctuation data compiled by the 
United States Geological Survey, except for excavations for building 
foundations, roads, septic systems or utility works; 

n. discharge to the ground of non-sanitary wastewater including 

industrial and commercial process wastewater, except: 

(I) the replacement or repair of an existing treatment 
works that will not result in a design capacity greater 
than the design capacity of the existing treatment 
works; 

(II) treatment works approved by the Department 
designed for the treatment of contaminated ground 
or surface water and operating in compliance with 
314 CMR 5.05(3) or 5.05(13); 

(ill) publicly owned treatment works; 

0. storage of commercial fertilizers, as defined in M.G.L. Chapter 128, 

§64, unless such storage is within a structure designed to prevent 
the generation and escape of contaminated runoff or leachate; 

p. the application of road salt In areas posted as "no salt area" within 

the water resource district, and 



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5. by striking subsection 14.3.2 "Uses Requiring Special Permit" and 

inserting in place tliereof the following: 



14.3.2 Uses and Activities Requiring a Special Permit 

The following uses and activities are permitted only upon the issuance of a 
Special Permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals ("the Board") under such 
conditions as the Board may require: 

a. storage of more than 600 gallons of home heating oils; 

b. those activities, not prohibited in Section 14.3.1 above, that involve 
the handling of Hazardous Materials in quantities greater than those 
associated with normal household use or that require an EPA 
identification number. Such activities shall require a special permit to 
prevent contamination of ground water; 

c. on-site sewage disposal having an estimated sewage flow greater 
than 10,000 gallons per day regardless of lot size or greater than 600 
gallons per day if within 500 feet of Lily Pond, Aaron River, Aaron 
River Reservoir, Peppermint Brook, or Brass Kettle Brook; 

d. except for single-family dwellings, on-site sewage disposal systems 
having an estimated sewage flow exceeding sixty gallons per day 
per 10,000 square feet of lot area, and single family dwellings with 
on-site disposal systems having an estimated sewage flow 
exceeding 600 gallons per day; 

e. any use that will render impervious more than 40% or 2,500 square 
feet of any lot, whichever is greater. Any special permit for such use 
shall include the following conditions. A system for groundwater 
recharge must be provided which does not degrade groundwater 
quality. For non-residential uses, recharge shall be by storm water 
infiltration basins or similar system covered with natural vegetation, 
and dry wells shall be used only where other methods are infeasible. 
For all non-residential uses, all such basins and wells shall be 
preceded by oil, grease, and sediment traps to facilitate removal of 
contamination. Any and all recharge areas shall be permanently 
maintained in full working order by the owner. 

f. more than minor removal of existing trees and vegetation on more 
than seventy percent of a lot area; and 

6. by striking Section 14.5 and inserting in place thereof the following: 

14.5 PROCEDURES FOR ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PERMIT 

a. The Zoning Board of Appeals ("the Board") may, in its discretion, 

grant a special permit for a use or activity listed in section 14.3(2) 

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above if the board determines that the purposes of the Water 
Resource District as stated in Section 14.1 "Purpose of District" 
above and the specific standards described and referred to in 
subsection (c) below are satisfied. The Board shall not grant a 
special permit under this section unless the petitioner's application 
includes, in the Board's opinion, sufficiently detailed, definitive and 
credible information to support positive findings in relation to such 
purposes and standards. The board shall consider the 
recommendations, If any, of the Board of Health, Conservation 
Commission, Planning Board, and Water Commission and shall state 
In its decision the basis for any departure from such 
recommendations. 

b. Upon receipt of the special permit application, the Board shall 
transmit one copy to the Planning Board, Board of Health, the 
Conservation Commission, and Water Commission for their written 
recommendations. Failure to respond in writing within 35 days of 
receipt by the Board shall indicate approval or no desire to comment 
by said agency. The necessary number of copies of the application 
shall be furnished by the applicant. 

c. The Board may grant the special permit only upon finding that the 
proposed structure or use meets the purposes of the Water 
Resource District as stated in Section 14.1. "Purpose of District", the 
provisions of Section 12.4 through 12.4.4 of this Bylaw entitled 
"Special Permits By Board of Appeals, Conditions, Procedures", any 
regulations or guidelines adopted by the Board and the following 

• standards. The proposed use must: 

1. in no way, during construction or thereafter, 
adversely affect the existing or potential quality or 
quantity of water that is available in the Water 
Resource District; provided that no special permit 
may be granted unless the Board determines that 
the groundwater quality resulting form on-site waste 
disposal, other operations on-site, and natural 
recharge will not fall below federal or state standards 
for drinking water when averaged over the 
boundaries of the site, or, if existing groundwater 
quality is already below those standards, that on-site 
disposal or operations will result in no further 
deterioration and unless the Board determines that 
the proposed control and response measures 
adequately and reliably mitigate risk to groundwater 
quality resulting from accident or system failure; 

2. be designed to minimize substantial disturbance of 
the soils, topography, drainage, vegetation, and 
other water-related natural characteristics of the site 
to be developed; 



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The Board may adopt regulations to govern design features of 
projects. Such regulations shall be consistent with subdivision 
regulations adopted by the Planning Board. 

The applicant shall file seven (7) copies of a site plan and 
attachments. The site plan shall be drawn at a proper scale as 
determined by the Board and be stamped by a professional 
engineer. All additional submittals shall be prepared by qualified 
professionals. The site plan and its attachments shall at a minimum 
include the following information where pertinent: 

1. a complete list of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, 
fertilizers,) fuels, and other potentially hazardous 
materials to be used or stored on the premises in 
quantities greater than those associated with normal 
household use; 

2. for those activities using or storing such hazardous 
materials, a hazardous materials management plan 
shall be prepared and filed with the Hazardous 
Materials Coordinator, if any, Fire Chief, and Board 
of Health. The plan shall Include: 

(a) provisions to protect against the 
discharge of hazardous materials or 
wastes to the environment due to 
spillage, accidental damage, 
corrosion, leakage, or vandalism, 
including spill containment and 
clean-up procedures; materials and 
wastes with Impervious floor 
surfaces; 

(b) evidence of compliance with the 
Regulations of the Massachusetts 
Hazardous Waste Management Act 
310 CMR 30, including obtaining an 
EPA identification number from the 
Massachusetts Department of 
Environmental Protection. 

3. proposed down-gradient location(s) for groundwater 
monitoring well(s), should the Board deem the 
activity a potential groundwater threat. 

The Board may impose reasonable conditions which the Board 
determines are necessary to ensure adequate safeguarding of the 
Water Resource District; such conditions may include without 
limitation, the following: 



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1. Monitoring wells to be located down gradient of 
potential pollution sources, with periodic sampling to 
be conducted by the owner at his expense and the 
reporting of said sampling to be provided to the 
Board of Health and Water Commission at the 
owner's expense. 

2. Pollutant source reduction, including limitations on 
use of parking are deicing materials and periodic 
cleaning or renovation of pollution control devices, 
such as catch basin sumps. 

7. and by adding a new Section 14.7, as follows: 



14.7 ENFORCEMENT 

Written notice of any violations of this Bylaw shall be given by the Building 
Inspector to the responsible person as soon as possible after detection of a 
violation or a continuing violation. Notice to the assessed owner of the 
property shall be deemed notice to the responsible person. Such notice shall 
specify the requirement or restriction violated and the nature of the violation, 
and may also identify the actions necessary to remove or remedy the 
violations and preventive measures required for avoiding future violations 
and a schedule of compliance. A copy of such notice shall be submitted to 
the Building Inspector, the Board of Health, Conservation Commission, and 
Water Department. The cost of containment, clean-up, or other action of 
compliance shall be borne by the owner and operator of the premises; and 

furthermore that the boundaries of the Water Resource District shall be set 
forth in a map entitled "Water Resource District, Town of Cohasset, 
Massachusetts" dated March, 1986, as revised as set forth in a map entitled 
"Water Resource District Map, Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, March 
200r, dated March, 2001, and on file with the Town Clerk and furthermore 
that the zoning map be amended by printing the boundaries of the Water 
Resource District as revised on the face of said zoning map. 

Amendment adopted unanimously. 

Roy FItzslmmons moved that this article be indefinitely postponed. 
Motion to indefinitely postpone is defeated. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 

Main motion as amended is adopted by the necessary 2/3's. 



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Article 17: 

To see if the Town will vote to request its representatives in the General 
Court to Introduce legislation to authorize the Town of Cohasset to establish 
the separate account authorized by Section Seven of Chapter 44B, 
Community Preservation, with funds distributed by the Register of Deeds, 
notwithstanding the provisions of Section 10 of Chapter 64D, and to 
authorize the Board of Selectmen of the Town to make constructive changes 
in perfecting the language of this legislation in order to secure its passage, it 
being the Intent to authorize the General Court with the approval of the Board 
of Selectmen to modify the specific text of the requested legislation to secure 
the public policy objectives set forth herein, such legislation to read 
substantially as set forth below: 



AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE TOWN OF COHASSET TO ESTABLISH 
THE SEPARATE ACCOUNT AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 7 OF CHAPTER 
44B, COMMUNITY PRESERVATION, WITH FUNDS DISTRIBUTED BY 
THE REGISTER OF DEEDS, NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF 
SECTION 10 OF CHAPTER 64D 

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 10 of Chapter 64D, 
the register of deeds shall, not later than the tenth day of each subsequent 
month, transmit to the treasurer of the Town of Cohasset the taxes collected 
during any month under said chapter with respect to properties located In 
said town. The expenditure of such revenues shall be subject to the 
provisions of Chapter 44B. 

SECTION 2. This Act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Moved : That it is the Intention of the Board of Selectmen to withdraw this 
article from consideration, and, therefore, it is moved that this Article be 
Indefinitely postponed. 

Motion to indefinitely postpone is adopted. 



Article 18: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article VII, "Safety and Public Order", 
Section 26, paragraph (d), of the General Bylaws, by deleting paragraph (d) 
in its entirety and replacing It with a new paragraph (d) as follows: 

"All Parking Facility Permits, Sandy Beach Association Parking Permits and 
Government Island Parking Permits shall expire on the date established by 
the Board of Selectmen. 

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Moved to amend Article VII, "Safety and Public Order", Section 26, 
paragraph (d), of the General Bylaws, by deleting paragraph (d) in its entirety 
and replacing it with a new paragraph (d) as follows: 

"All Parking Facility Permits, Sandy Beach Association Parl<ing Permits and 
Government Island Parking Permits shall expire on the date established by 
the Board of Selectmen." 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 19: 

To see If the Town will vote to amend Article VII, "Safety and Public Order", 
of the General Bylaws, by adding the following new section entitled "Unlawful 
Use of Public Litter Receptacles": 



Section 41. Unlawful Use of Public Litter Receptacles. 

(a) It shall be unlawful to use any public trash or recycling receptacles 
outside of the Recycling/Transfer Facility for the disposal of 
household refuse. 

(b) It shall be unlawful for owners or employees of business enterprises 
or other privately owned establishments to use any public trash or 
recycling receptacles for the disposal of business refuse or the 
refuse from such establishments. 

(c) It shall be unlawful to use any commercial or municipal disposal 
dumpster or container belonging to another without the consent of 
the owner or person with legal authority. 

(d) This Section shall be enforced by the Police Officers. Anyone 
violating this Section shall be subject to fines as follows: 

First offense $ 25 

Second offense $ 50 

Third or subsequent offense $100. 

Moved to amend Article VII, "Safety and Public Order", of the General 
Bylaws, by adding the following new section entitled "Unlawful Use of Public 
Litter Receptacles": 



Section 38. Unlawful Use of Public Litter Receptacles. 

(a) It shall be unlawful to use any public trash or recycling receptacles 
outside of the Recycling/Transfer Facility for the disposal of 
household refuse. 

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(b) It shall be unlawful for owners or employees of business enterprises 
or other privately owned establishments to use any public trash or 
recycling receptacles for the disposal of business refuse or the 
refuse from such establishments. 

(c) It shall be unlawful to use any commercial or municipal disposal 
dumpster or container belonging to another without the consent of 
the owner or person with legal authority. 

(d) This Section shall be enforced by the Police Officers. Anyone 
violating this Section shall be subject to fines as follows: 

First offense $ 25 

Second offense $ 50 

Third or subsequent offense $1 00. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



Article 20: 

To see if the Town will vote to rezone certain districts as shown on the map 
entitled "Zoning Map, Cohasset, Massachusetts" dated October 1, 1969 and 
revised in 1 976, 1 985 and 2000 as follows: 

MAP: So that the light industry district ("LI") area shown on Assessors Map 
37, Plot 11, bounded northerly on the Cohasset River, southerly on Border 
Street 88.93 feet, and easterly on Parker Avenue approximately 225 feet be 
rezoned as Open Space ("OS"); and so that the light industry district ("LI") 
area shown on Assessors Map 37 entitled "Town of Cohasset": and 
comprising approximately 2,400 square feet, bounded northerly on the 
Cohasset River, southerly by Parcel 22, Assessors Map 37, approximately 
30 feet, and westerly on Parker Avenue approximately 70 feet, be rezoned 
as Open Space ("OS"); and that the Zoning Map of the Town of Cohasset, 
Massachusetts dated October 1, 1969, and revised in 1976, 1985, and 2000. 

Moved to rezone certain districts as shown on the map entitled "Zoning Map, 
Cohasset, Massachusetts", dated October 1, 1969, and revised in 1976, 
1985. and 2000, as follows: 



So that the light industry district ("LI") area shown on Assessors Map 37, Plot 
11, bounded northerly on the Cohasset River, southerly on Border Street 
88.93 feet, and easterly on Parker Avenue approximately 225 feet be 
rezoned as Open Space ("OS"); and so that the light industry district ("LI") 
area shown on Assessors Map 37 entitled "Town of Cohasset" and 
comprising approximately 2,400 square feet, bounded northerly on the 
Cohasset River, southerly by Parcel 22, Assessors Map 37, approximately 

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30 feet, and westerly on Parker Avenue approximately 70 feet, be rezoned 
as Open Space ("OS"); and that the Zoning Map of the Town of Cohasset, 
Massachusetts dated October 1, 1969, and revised In 1976, 1985, and 2000, 
be amended accordingly; and, further, amend Section 3.2 of the Zoning 
Bylaws by revising the first sentence of such Section 3.2 to read as follows: 
The location and boundaries of the Zoning Districts are established and 
shown on the following maps, which are parts of this Bylaw: the Zoning 
Districts other than the Flood Plain and Watershed District and the Water 
Resource District are shown on a map entitled: "Zoning Map, Cohasset, 
Massachusetts, dated October 1, 1969 as revised through March, 2001" 
which is a part of this Bylaw and to add the following new sentences after the 
first sentence: The Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District is located 
as shown on a plan entitled "Cohasset Flood Plain and Watershed Protection 
District", January, 1975, prepared by Richardson & Kalishes, Land Use 
Consultants, as revised by Gale Engineering Inc., November 1976 with all 
explanatory matter thereon and amendments thereto. The location and 
boundaries of the Water Resources District, which is an overlay district, are 
shown on a map entitled "Water Resource District, Town of Cohasset, 
Massachusetts dated March, 1986 as revised through March, 2001." The 
remainder of Section 3.2 is to remain unchanged. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 
IVIotion adopted unanimously^ 



Article 21: 

To see if the Town will amend the Town of Cohasset Zoning Bylaws as 
follows: 

Under Section 2.1, insert a new paragraph between "Abandonment " and 
"Alteration" to read as follows: 

Accessory Dwelling Unit: A separate dwelling unit within a detached one 
family dwelling fitted to be occupied independent of the occupants of the 
Principal Dwelling Unit therein. 

Under section 4.2 Permitted Uses, insert a new residential use after 
"Dwellings for more than one family including those in combination with 
stores or other permitted uses subject to Table 5.3.1 and 7.1" to read as 
follows: 



Accessory Dwelling Unit within a detached one family dwelling subject to 
Section 15. 



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R-A SP; R-B SP; R-C SP; DB SP; WB No; HB SP; LI No; OS No 

And, insert a new section entitled "Section 15- Accessory Dwelling Unit 
Special Permit" as follows: 



Section 15 Accessory Dwelling Unit Special Permit 

15.1 Purpose 

1 . To provide a useful type of housing to meet the needs of residents. 

2. To protect the stability, property values and character of one family 
residential neighborhoods. 

3. To facilitate the Town's monitoring of the creation and maintenance 
Accessory Dwelling Units for code compliance. 

15.2 Special Permit Conditions 

1. The applicant for an Accessory Dwelling Special Permit shall be an 
owner or owners of a dwelling (House) with at least a 50% ownership 
interest and shall have his/her/their primary residence either in the 
Accessory Dwelling Unit or in the Principal Dwelling Unit within the 
House. 

2. The net floor area of the Accessory Dwelling Unit shall not exceed 
the lesser of 25% of the net floor area of the House or 900 square 
feet. 

3. The House must have at least 1 200 square feet of net floor area. 

4. No Accessory Dwelling Special Permit granted hereunder shall take 
effect sooner than three years after final occupancy permits are 
issued for the House. 

5. There is at least one off street parking space for each bedroom in the 
Accessory Dwelling Unit. 

6. The exterior appearance shall not be altered by the creation of the 
Accessory Dwelling Unit except for stairways and exits as required 
by law, which shall be in the side or rear of the building and shall be 
consistent with the architecture of the House. The Accessory 
Dwelling Unit and all other modifications to the House shall be 
designed so that the appearance of the House remains that of a one- 
family dwelling. 

7. There shall be screening by fencing or landscaping of outside 
storage areas. 

8. There is only one House on the lot where the accessory dwelling is 
to be located. 

9. The lot size must comply with requirements for a one family dwelling 
as set forth under Section 5.3. This provision shall not apply to 
lawful, pre-existing, non-conforming structures. 

10. To qualify for an Accessory Dwelling Unit Special Permit for a pre- 
existing, non-conforming structure, per Section 8.2 and 8.3, the 

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Accessory Dwelling Unit shall be constructed within the living and/or 
sleeping area of the pre-existing structure, shall not be permitted to 
increase the total square footage of the pre-existing structure and 
shall not alter the footprint of the preexisting structure. 

11. Adequate provision has been made for the disposal of sewage, 
waste and drainage generated by the occupancy of such an 
Accessory Dwelling Unit and the House and for an adequate water 
supply to such Accessory Dwelling Unit and the House in 
accordance with the requirements of the Board of Health. 

12. The accessory dwelling and all other modifications to the building 
shall be designed so that appearance of the building remains that of 
a single family dwelling, and the construction and occupancy of the 
accessory dwelling will not be detrimental to the neighborhood in 
which the lot is located or injurious to persons or property than the 
existing one-family use. 

13. An Accessory Dwelling Unit shall not be occupied as such unless the 
owner or owners of the House have secured an Accessory Dwelling 
Unit Special Permit pursuant to this section. The special permit will 
be limited to the original applicant(s). Continued use of the 
Accessory Dwelling Unit after transfer of ownership shall be 
permitted only after the Building Inspector verifies In writing that the 
terms and conditions of all Sections of the Bylaw and the Accessory 
Dwelling Special Permit have been met and that the new owner or 
owners have agreed in writing to abide by the terms and conditions 
of the Accessory Dwelling Special Permit. 

14. All special permits under this section shall expire within three years 
from the date from the date of grant. At the end of three years, 
renewal shall be automatically granted upon receipt of certification by 
the Building Inspector that the property remains the principal 
residence of the owner and all the conditions met at the time of the 
original application are unchanged. 

15. The owner shall notify the Building Inspector in writing, within 6 
months of a lapse in use of the Accessory Dwelling unit as such. 

16. No special permit shall be granted when more than 10% of the 
single-family dwellings, based on the number of single family 
dwellings as per Town of Cohasset Assessor records, have an 
accessory dwelling pursuant to this section. 

17. Commencing with 2003, no more than ten (10) new Accessory 
Dwelling Special Permits shall be issued by the Zoning Board of 
Appeals in a single calendar year. 

15.3 Application Procedure 

1 . An application for an Accessory Dwelling Special Permit shall include 

a site plan and floor plan. When the creation of an Accessory 
Dwelling Unit Involves exterior alteration of the House, per Section 
15.2.6, elevation plans shall show the sides of the building affected 
by the creation of an Accessory Dwelling Unit, before and after 

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construction of an Accessory Dwelling Unit. These plans shall 
include, at a minimum, footprint of existing dwelling, location and 
number of off-street parking spaces, square footage of existing 
principal dwelling, square footage of proposed Accessory Dwelling 
Unit and location/means of ingress and egress from the Accessory 
Dwelling Unit. All plans must be prepared and stamped by a 
registered professional Architect or Engineer. 

2. An application for an Accessory Dwelling Special Permit must 
include a notarized letter stating that the applicant will occupy one of 
the dwelling units in the House. 

3. All other procedures regarding the review and approval of an 
Accessory Dwelling Special Permit shall be the same as under 
Section 12.4 herein. 

Moved to amend the Town of Cohasset Zoning Bylaws as follows: 

Under Section 2.1, insert a new paragraph between "Abandonment " and 
"Alteration" to read as follows: 

Accessory Dwelling Unit: A separate dwelling unit within a detached one 
family dwelling fitted to be occupied independent of the occupants of the 
Principal Dwelling Unit therein. 

Under section 4.2 Permitted Uses, insert a new residential use after 
"Dwellings for more than one family including those in combination with 
stores or other permitted uses subject to Table 5.3.1 and 7.1" to read as 
follows: 



Accessory Dwelling Unit within a detached one family dwelling subject to 
Section 15. 

R-ASP; R-BSP; R-C SP; DB SP; WB No; HB SP; LI No; OS No 

And, insert a new section entitled "Section 15- Accessory Dwelling Unit 
Special Permit" as follows: 



Section 15 Accessorv Dwelling Unit Special Permit 

15.1 Purpose 

1 . To provide a useful type of housing to meet the needs of residents. 

2. To protect the stability, property values and character of one family 
residential neighborhoods. 

3. To facilitate the Town's monitoring of the creation and maintenance 
Accessory Dwelling Units for code compliance. 

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15.2 Special Permit Conditions 

1. The applicant for an Accessory Dwelling Special Permit shall be an 
owner or owners of a dwelling (House) with at least a 50% ownership 
interest and shall have his/her/their primary residence either in the 
Accessory Dwelling Unit or in the Principal Dwelling Unit within the 
House. 

2. The net floor area of the Accessory Dwelling Unit shall not exceed 
the lesser of 25% of the net floor area of the House or 900 square 
feet. 

3. The House must have at least 1 200 square feet of net floor area. 

4. No Accessory Dwelling Special Permit granted hereunder shall take 
effect sooner than three years after final occupancy permits are 
issued for the House. 

5. There is at least one off street parking space for each bedroom in the 
Accessory Dwelling Unit. 

6. The exterior appearance shall not be altered by the creation of the 
Accessory Dwelling Unit except for stairways and exits as required 
by law, which shall be in the side or rear of the building and shall be 
consistent with the architecture of the House. The Accessory 
Dwelling Unit and ail other modifications to the House shall be 
designed so that the appearance of the House remains that of a one- 
family dwelling. 

7. There shall be screening by fencing or landscaping of outside 
storage areas. 

8. There is only one House on the lot where the accessory dwelling is 
to be located. 

9. The lot size must comply with requirements for a one family dwelling 
as set forth under Section 5.3. This provision shall not apply to 
lawful, pre-existing, non-conforming structures. 

10. To qualify for an Accessory Dwelling Unit Special Permit for a pre- 
existing, non-conforming structure, per Section 8.2 and 8.3, the 
Accessory Dwelling Unit shall be constructed within the living and/or 
sleeping area of the pre-existing structure, shall not be permitted to 
Increase the total square footage of the pre-existing structure and 
shall not alter the footprint of the preexisting structure. 

11. Adequate provision has been made for the disposal of sewage, 
waste and drainage generated by the occupancy of such an 
Accessory Dwelling Unit and the House and for an adequate water 
supply to such Accessory Dwelling Unit and the House in 
accordance with the requirements of the Board of Health. 

12. The accessory dwelling and all other modifications to the building 
shall be designed so that appearance of the building remains that of 
a single family dwelling, and the construction and occupancy of the 
accessory dwelling will not be detrimental to the neighborhood In 
which the lot Is located or Injurious to persons or property than the 
existing one-family use. 

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1 3. An Accessory Dwelling Unit shall not be occupied as sucin unless the 
owner or owners of the House have secured an Accessory Dwelling 
Unit Special Permit pursuant to this section. The special permit will 
be limited to the original appllcant(s). Continued use of the 
Accessory Dwelling Unit after transfer of ownership shall be 
permitted only after the Building Inspector verifies in writing that the 
terms and conditions of all Sections of the Bylaw and the Accessory 
Dwelling Special Permit have been met and that the new owner or 
owners have agreed in writing to abide by the terms and conditions 
of the Accessory Dwelling Special Permit. 

14. All special permits under this section shall expire within three years 
from the date from the date of grant. At the end of three years, 
renewal shall be automatically granted upon receipt of certification by 
the Building Inspector that the property remains the principal 
residence of the owner and all the conditions met at the time of the 
original application are unchanged. 

15. The owner shall notify the Building Inspector in writing, within 6 
months of a lapse in use of the Accessory Dwelling unit as such. 

16. No special permit shall be granted when more than 10% of the 
single-family dwellings, based on the number of single family 
dwellings as per Town of Cohasset Assessor records, have an 
accessory dwelling pursuant to this section. 

17. Commencing with 2003, no more than ten (10) new Accessory 
Dwelling Special Permits shall be issued by the Zoning Board of 
Appeals in a single calendar year. 



15.3 Application Procedure 

1 . An application for an Accessory Dwelling Special Permit shall include 
a site plan and floor plan. When the creation of an Accessory 
Dwelling Unit involves exterior alteration of the House, per Section 
15.2.6, elevation plans shall show the sides of the building affected 
by the creation of an Accessory Dwelling Unit, before and after 
construction of an Accessory Dwelling Unit. These plans shall 
include, at a minimum, footprint of existing dwelling, location and 
number of off-street parking spaces, square footage of existing 
principal dwelling, square footage of proposed Accessory Dwelling 
Unit and location/means of ingress and egress from the Accessory 
Dwelling Unit. All plans must be prepared and stamped by a 
registered professional Architect or Engineer. 

2. An application for an Accessory Dwelling Special Permit must 
Include a notarized letter stating that the applicant will occupy one of 
the dwelling units In the House. 

3. All other procedures regarding the review and approval of an 
Accessory Dwelling Special Permit shall be the same as under 
Section 12.4 herein. 

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Amendment offered by James Lagrotteria. 

Moved to amend paragraph 15.2.17 by adding the following sentence: "Of 
such ten (10) Accessory Dwelling Unit Special Permits which may be granted 
in a single calendar year, five (5) shall be reserved for applicants who are 55 
years of age or older. The Zoning Board of Appeals may require the 
applicant to provide proof satisfactory to the Board of the applicant's date of 
birth to qualify for such five (5) reserved Special Permits. 

Motion to amend is adopted. 

Moved that this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Hand count - Yes 62: No 36. 

Motion to indefinitely postpone is adopted. 

Article 22: 

To see if the Town will amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset as 
follows: 

Amend Section 5.2.6 by deleting the words "not in excess of five feet in 
height.." and replacing same with the words "not in excess of six feet In 
height.."; so that the last sentence of Section 5.2.6 shall read as follows: 



"Except for a perimeter wall, fence, or similar enclosure, not in 
excess of six feet in height, a flagpole, utility pole, or mailbox, no 
point of any structure shall be closer than the required set back 
distance to any point of the front lot line, or centerline of the street, 
as the case may be." 



Moved to amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset as follows: 

Amend Section 5.2.6 by deleting the words "not In excess of five feet in 
height..." and replacing same with the words "not in excess of six feet in 
height..."; so that the last sentence of Section 5.2.6 shall read as follows: 

"Except for a perimeter wall, fence, or similar enclosure, not 
in excess of six feet in height, a flag pole, utility pole, or mail 
box, no point of any structure shall be closer than the 
required set back distance to any point of the front lot line, or 
centerline of the street, as the case may be." 

A 2/3's vote is required. 
Motion adopted unanimously. 



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Article 23: 

To see If the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town of 
Cohasset as follows 

Amend section 5.2.8 by deleting the three words ("And no structure") after "or 
similar commercial device" on line 2; so that the revised provision in its 
entirety shall read as follows: 

"Except for a perimeter wall, fence, or similar enclosure not in excess 
of six (6) feet in height, or flag pole, utility pole, or mailbox, no open 
storage or display of goods, products, materials, or equipment, no 
gasoline pump, vending machine, or similar commercial device shall 
be located nearer to any side or rear lot line than either fifteen (15) 
feet or the permitted set back distance for a building on the lot, 
whichever distance is lesser. 

Moved that this article be indefinitely postponed. 
Motion to indefinitely postpone is adopted unanimously^ 

Article 24: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town of 
Cohasset as follows: 

Amend Section 9.78.a by changing the word "land" to "proposed use"; and by 
changing the words "subject to flooding or wave damage" to subject to 
damage by flooding or waves"; so the revised provision shall read as follows: 

"The proposed structure or use is not subject to damage by flooding 
or waves, nor is the land unsuitable for the proposed structure or use 
because of drainage conditions". 

Moved to amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset as follows: 

Amend Section 9.7.8.a by changing the word "land" to "proposed use"; and 
by changing the words "subject to flooding or wave damage" to "subject to 
damage by flooding or waves"; so the revised provision shall read as follows: 

"The proposed structure or use is not subject to damage by 
flooding or waves, nor is the land unsuitable for the 
proposed structure or use because of drainage conditions." 

A 2/3's vote is required. 
Motion adopted unanimously. 



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Article 25: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town of 
Cohasset as follows: 

Amend Section 7.2 by adding a new Section 7.2.12 as follows: 

"Except for common driveways which (a) meet the required standards as set 
forth in the Planning Board's Rules and Regulations, or (b) satisfy all 
conditions imposed by the Planning Board in cases where such common 
driveways do not meet the required standards, no driveway Legal Service 
shall be located nearer to any side or rear lot line than either five feet or the 
permitted setback distance for a main or accessory building whichever 
distance is lesser. 

Moved to amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset as follows: 

Amend Section 7.2 by adding a new Section 7.2.12 as follows: 

"Except for common driveways which (a) meet the required 
standards as set forth in the Planning Board's Rules and 
Regulations, or (b) satisfy all conditions imposed by the Planning 
Board in cases where such common driveways do not meet the 
required standards, no Driveway Legal Service shall be located 
nearer to any side or rear lot line than either five feet or the permitted 
setback distance for a main or accessory building whichever 
distance is lesser." 

A 2/3's vote is required. 

Motion is adopted by the required 2/3's. 



Article 26: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, to install a catch basin on 
Highland Avenue, near Brown Court, to contain the water flow on the street 
and all associated cost. This article is intended to take effect upon passage 
in Fiscal Year 2001 . 

CITIZEN'S PETITION 

NAME ADDRESS NAME ADDRESS 

Gail Parks 19 Highland Ave. Jacqueline B. Clark 23 Highland Ave. 

Melissa T. Tierney 1 1 Highland Ave. Donald S. Clark 23 Highland Ave. 

William H. Tierney 1 1 Highland Ave. Douglas S. Clark 25 Highland Ave. 

Todd N. Ramsay 23A Highland Ave. Roger Q. Hill 19A Highland Ave. 

Melissa Clark 25 Highland Ave. Joanne C. Hill 19A Highland Ave. 

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Moved that Four thousand Five Hundred ($4,500.00) Dollars be 
transferred from Surplus Revenue, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, to Install a catch basin on Highland Avenue, near Brown 
Court, to contain the water flow on the street and all associated cost. 
This article is intended to take effect upon passage in Fiscal Year 
2001. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 27: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, at the discretion of the Board 
of Selectmen to the South Shore Aviation Fund, to (a) Assess the noise and 
jet fuel pollution impact of Logan Airport's Runway expansion proposal on the 
health and quality of life of Cohasset and other South Shore residents, to 
include the construction of a DNL 55dB noise contour "footprint" for the 
Town, together with supporting noise metrics, including single event, and 
"time above" sound exposure levels; (b) Seek a delay on the construction of 
Runway 14/32 until such an assessment is complete; (c) In consultation with 
the FAA, change existing approaches to Runway 33L, to "over water" 
approaches using new satellite navigation technology; and (d) Enforce a 
1980 FAA agreement on Runway 22 departures over water which sends 
planes farther to the north and east of the Hull peninsula before turning back 
over south shore towns; funds shall be used for legal advice, for aviation 
noise and flight path consultants, and to acquire noise-monitoring devices. 
This article is intended to take effect upon passage in Fiscal Year 2001 . 



CITIZENS' PETITION 

NAME ADDRESS NAME ADDRESS 

Cornelia B. Wakeman 255 Atlantic Ave. Donald F. Steele 31 River Rd. 

S.Wiley Wakeman 255 Atlantic Ave. Joyce M. Steele 31 River Rd 

Linda R. Wakeman 255 Atlantic Ave. Eric Oddleifson 25 River Rd. 

Samuel W. Wakeman 255 Atlantic Ave. Janna M. Oddleifson 25 River Rd. 

JohnA. Con-ea 255 Atlantic Ave. Mary J. McCarthy 390 South Main St. 

Moved that Thirty Thousand ($30,000.00) Dollars be transferred from 
Surplus Revenue, to be expended by the Town Manager, with the approval 
of the Board of Selectmen, to (a) engage the services of appropriate 
professionals to assess the noise and jet fuel pollution impact of Logan 
Airport's Runway expansion proposal on the health and quality of life of 
Cohasset and other South Shore residents, to include the construction of a 
DNL 55dB noise contour "footprint" for the Town, together with supporting 

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noise metrics, including single event, and "time above" sound exposure 
levels; (b) Seek a delay on the construction of Runway 14/32 until such an 
assessment is complete; (c) In consultation with the FAA, change existing 
approaches to Runway 33L, to "over water" approaches using new satellite 
navigation technology; and (d) Enforce a 1980 FAA agreement on Runway 
22 departures over water which sends planes farther to the north and east of 
the Hull peninsula before turning back over south shore towns; funds shall be 
used for legal advice, for aviation noise and flight path consultants, and to 
acquire noise-monitoring devices. This article Is intended to take effect upon 
passage in Fiscal Year 2001 . 

Motion adopted. 

Article 28: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article VI, Safety and Public Order, of 
the General Bylaws, by inserting the following new section: 

Section 39 . Ban on Sale of Mercury Thermometers. 

(a) Definitions . 

The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and implementation 
of this section. 

"Health care facility means any hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing 
facility, extended care facility, long-term care facility, clinic or medical 
laboratory, state or private health or mental institution, clinic, physician's 
office, or health maintenance organization. 

"Mercury thermometer'' means a product, device, instrument or equipment 
into which elemental mercury or mercury compounds are intentionally added 
during Its formulation or manufacture and that is used to measure body 
temperature. 



"Manufacturer^ means any person, firm, association, partnership, 
corporation, governmental entity, organization, combination, or joint venture 
that produces a mercury thermometer. If the mercury thermometer is 
produced in a foreign country, the manufacturer is the importer or domestic 
distributor. 

(b) Retail Sale Prohibition . It shall be unlawful for any person in the 
Town of Cohasset to sell or supply, through wholesale, retail, or online retail 
distribution channels, a mercury thermometer to consumers and patients, 
except by prescription. No mercury thermometer may be sold through 
prescription unless the manufacturer thereof shall supply clear instructions in 
writing to the consumer or patient on the careful handling of the thermometer 
to avoid breakage and proper cleanup should a breakage occur. 

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(c) Manufacturing Prohibition . It shall be unlawful for any person to 
manufacture a mercury thermometer in the Town of Cohasset. 

(d) Importation Prohibition . It shall be unlawful for any health care 
facility to import, purchase, or distribute a mercury thermometer in the Town 
of Cohasset, except in the case of medical necessity as determined by a 
licensed physician. 

(e) Penalty . Any person who violates this bylaw shall, for each offense, 
be punished by a fine of not more than $100.00 per mercury thermometer. 

(f) Effective Date . This section shall take effect January 1, 2002. 

CITIZENS' PETITION 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



John K. McNabb, Jr. 53 Pond St. 
Julie D. McNabb 53 Pond St. 
James R. Lennon 20 Tad Ln. 
Arthur Lehr 200 No. Main St. 
Robert Deutsch 1 00 Elm St. 



Robin Grinnell 
Betts H. Murray 
G. R. Hoffman 
Donna Pratt 
Mark Baker 



388 Beechwood St. 
8 Westgate Ln. 
12 Lamberts Ln. 
75 Ripley Rd. 
32 Nichols Rd. 



Moved to amend Article VII, "Safety and Public Order" 
Bylaws, by inserting the following new section: 



of the General 



Section 39 . Ban on Sale of Mercury Thermometers. 



(a) 



Definitions. 



The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and implementation 
of this section. 

"Health care facility" means any hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing 
facility, extended care facility, long-term care facility, clinic or medical 
laboratory, state or private health or mental Institution, clinic, physician's 
office, or health maintenance organization. 

"Mercury thermometer" means a product, device, instrument or equipment 
into which elemental mercury or mercury compounds are intentionally added 
during its formulation or manufacture and that is used to measure body 
temperature. 

"Manufacturer" means any person, firm, association, partnership, 
corporation, governmental entity, organization, combination, or joint venture 
that produces a mercury thermometer. If the mercury thermometer is 
produced in a foreign country, the manufacturer is the importer or domestic 
distributor. 



(b) Retail Sale Prohibition . It shall be unlawful for any person in the 
Town of Cohasset to sell or supply, through wholesale, retail, or online retail 
distribution channels, a mercury thermometer to consumers and patients, 

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except by prescription. No mercury thermometer may be sold through 
prescription unless the manufacturer thereof shall supply clear instructions in 
writing to the consumer or patient on the careful handling of the thermometer 
to avoid breakage and proper cleanup should a breakage occur. 

(c) Manufacturing Prohibition . It shall be unlawful for any person to 
manufacture a mercury thermometer in the Town of Cohasset. 

(d) Importation Prohibition . It shall be unlawful for any health care 
facility to import, purchase, or distribute a mercury thermometer in the Town 
of Cohasset, except in the case of medical necessity as determined by a 
licensed physician. 

(e) Penalty . Any person who violates this bylaw shall, for each offense, 
be punished by a fine of not more than $100.00 per mercury thermometer. 

(f) Effective Date . This section shall take effect January 1 , 2002. 

Motion adopted unanimously 



Article 29: 

To see If the Town will amend Article III, "Elected Town Officer", of the 
General Bylaws, by inserting the following new subsection in Section 6, 
"Board of Health " 

(h) The Board of Health shall not accept a site assignment application, 
nor hold a site assignment hearing, nor approve a site assignment 
application for a proposed solid waste facility or any portion thereof 
located In any Zoning District where privately owned or operated 
solid waste uses are not allowed as a matter of right. An application 
for a site assignment for a solid waste facility shall not be accepted 
by the Board until such time as the applicant demonstrates to the 
Board that the proposed facility is not prohibited by the Zoning 
Bylaws. The applicant shall provide to the Board a Town zoning 
map prepared and stamped by a Massachusetts registered 
professional engineer showing that the location of the proposed 
facility is in a Town Zoning District that allows privately owned or 
operated solid waste uses as a matter of right. When the proposed 
facility would be located in a Zoning District where privately owned or 
operated solid waste uses are not allowed as a matter of right, the 
applicant shall provide to the Board a written ruling from the Building 
Inspector stating that the proposed facility is not prohibited by the 
Zoning Bylaws. If this ruling is appealed to the Zoning Board of 
Appeals, the applicant shall provide to the Board a written decision of 
the Zoning Board of Appeals stating that the area of land where the 
proposed facility would be located is exempt from the prohibition 
against such solid waste uses and giving the basis for such 
exemption. 



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CITIZENS' PETITION 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



John K. McNabb, Jr. 53 Pond St. 
Kevin F. O'Donnell 248 King St. 
Peter G. Wliittemore 47 Elm Ct. 
Mary O. Kelly 247 Fair Oaks Ln. 
Linda Keller 2 Gushing Rd. 



Peter J. Pratt 75 Ripley Rd. 
Keith Moskow 98 Gammons Rd. 
Bruce F. McKinnon 70 Fairoaks Ln. 
Martha K. Gjesteby 81 Old Pasture Rd. 
Constance Afshar141 South Main St. 



Moved to amend Article III, "Elected Town Officer", of the General Bylaws, 
by inserting the following new subsection in Section 6, "Board of Health": 

(h) The Board of Health shall not accept a site assignment application, 
nor hold a site assignment hearing, nor approve a site assignment 
application for a proposed solid waste facility or any portion thereof 
located in any Zoning District where privately owned or operated 
solid waste uses are not allowed as a matter of right. An application 
for a site assignment for a solid waste facility shall not be accepted 
by the Board until such time as the applicant demonstrates to the 
Board that the proposed facility is not prohibited by the Zoning 
Bylaws. The applicant shall provide to the Board a Town zoning 
map prepared and stamped by a Massachusetts registered 
professional engineer showing that the location of the proposed 
facility is in a Town Zoning District that allows privately owned or 
operated solid waste uses as a matter of right. When the proposed 
facility would be located in a Zoning District where privately owned or 
operated solid waste uses are not allowed as a matter of right, the 
applicant shall provide to the Board a written ruling from the Building 
Inspector stating that the proposed facility is not prohibited by the 
Zoning Bylaws. If this ruling is appealed to the Board of Health, the 
applicant shall provide to the Board a written decision of the Zoning 
Board of Appeals stating that the area of land where the proposed 
facility would be located is exempt from the prohibition against such 
solid waste uses and giving the basis for such exemption. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 30: 



To see If the Town will vote to amend Section 12.5 of the Zoning Bylaws by 
striking the sentence "A variance may authorize a use not otherwise 
permitted in the district in which the land or structure is located, provided that 
such use is specifically permitted by this bylaw; and further provided that no 
variance may be granted to allow a sanitary landfill use or other solid waste 
facility use in the Water Resource District established pursuant to Section 14 
of this by\3\N"; and inserting in its place thereof the following sentence: - "A 
variance may authorize a use not permitted in the district in which the land or 

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structure is located, provided that such use is specifically permitted by this 
bylaw; and further provided that no variance may be granted to allow a 
privately owned sanitary landfill use or other solid waste facility use in the 
Water Resource District established pursuant to Section 14 of this bylaw or 
in any other zoning district where solid waste uses are not allowed as a 
matter of right.". 

CITIZENS' PETITION 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



John K. McNabb, Jr. 53 Pond St. 
Kevin F. O'Donnell 248 King St. 
Peter G. Whittemore 47 Elm Ct. 
Mary O. Kelly 247 Fair Oaks Ln. 
Linda Keller 2 Gushing Rd. 



Peter J. Pratt 75 Ripley Rd. 
Keith Moskow 98 Gammons Rd. 
Bruce F. McKinnon 70 Fairoaks Ln. 
Martha K. Gjesteby 81 Old Pasture Rd. 
Constance Afshar 141 South Main St. 



Amendment offered by Robert Sturdy, member of the Planning Board. 

Moved to amend Section 12.5 of the Zoning Bylaws by striking the sentence 
"A variance may authorize a use not otherwise permitted in the district in 
which the land or structure is located, provided that such use is specifically 
permitted by this bylaw; and further provided that no variance may be 
granted to allow a sanitary landfill use or other solid waste facility use in the 
Water Resource District established pursuant to Section 14 of this bylaw"; 
and inserting in its place thereof the following sentence: - "A variance may 
not authorize a use not otherwise permitted in the district in which the land or 
structure is located. 

A 2/3 vote is required. 
Amendment adopted. 
Main motion as amended is adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 31: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend article VII, Safety and Public Order, of 
the General Bylaws by Inserting the following new section: 

Section 40 . Regulation of Air Emissions from Landfills 

(a) Authoritv 

This Bylaw is adopted by the Town of Cohasset under its Home Rule 
Authority pursuant to Article 89, Section 6, of the Amendments to the 
Massachusetts Constitution (the Home Rule Amendment), Its police powers 
to protect the public health, safety, welfare, and its authorization under 
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 21, and is independent of 
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111 and regulations promulgated 
there under. 



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(b) Purpose and Applicabiiitv 

The purpose of this Bylaw is to protect public health, safety, and the 
environment and to protect the constitutional right of Cohasset residents to 
clean air as guaranteed by Article 97 of the Articles of Amendment to the 
Massachusetts Constitution by regulating air emissions from landfills located 
in the Town of Cohasset which may constitute a nuisance, a danger to public 
health, or which may Impair the public health and convenience. 

(c) Prohibition of Nuisance or Health Threat from Landfill Gas Emissions 

(I) Emissions of landfill gas from a landfill located In the Town of 
Cohasset shall at no time cause a nuisance condition, 
adversely affect public health, or otherwise Impair the public 
health and convenience. 

(II) Upon receipt of a complaint from any one or more persons 
that a landfill is violating the above section, the Board of 
Health may require the owners or operator of said landfill to 
abate such violation. 

(d) Air quality monitoring of landfill gas emissions 

(i) The owner or operator of a landfill shall, at times and in 

places as required by the Board of Health, monitor ambient 
air quality to detect the extent and concentration of 
emissions of landfill gas emitted from said landfill throughout 
the Town of Cohasset, and shall provide the results of said 
monitoring to the Board of Health and to the public in a 
timely manner. 

(il) The owner or operator of a landfill shall conduct additional 
air quality monitoring upon request of the Board of Health or 
the Health Agent. 

(e) Approval of landfill gas management plan 

(i) Landfill gas shall at all times be managed by the owner or 

operator of the landfill to reduce to the fullest extent possible 
the potential adverse effect of the gas emissions on public 
health, safety, and the environment. 
(11) Landfill gas from a landfill located in the Town of Cohasset 
may not be released into the atmosphere until such time as 
the Board of Health has reviewed and approved plans for 
management of landfill gas emissions, which may include, 
as required by the Board, treatment of the landfill gas, such 
as a granulated active carbon (GAC) filter or a flare system. 
(Hi) No filter, flare system, or other treatment process for landfill gas 
shall be used by a landfill until such time as such filter or 
treatment process has been approved by the Board of Health. 

(Iv) In reviewing and approving landfill gas management plans, the 
Board of Health shall consider and may apply all relevant 
regulations and standards established under federal and state 
law and regulation, including the United States Environmental 

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Protection New Source Performance Standards and the state 
Department of Environmental Protection landfill regulations, 310 
CMR 19.000, state and federal air quality regulations, and any 
other applicable federal state, or local laws or regulations. 



(f) Assessment of Fees 

The Board may require pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 
44, section 53G or other applicable legal authority that the owner or operator 
of a landfill located in the Town of Cohasset pay to the Board in advance a 
fee consisting of the reasonable costs incurred, or to be incurred, by the 
Board for the employment of outside professional experts and/or consultants 
engaged by the Board to assist In the review ("review fee") of the ongoing 
monitoring required under this bylaw, any applications submitted to the Board 
for landfill gas control, and for any other purpose consistent with this bylaw . 

(g) Penalties for Violations 

(I) Whoever violates this regulation or any order promulgated 
thereto shall be punished, by a fine of not less than one 
hundred dollars ($100) nor more than three hundred dollars 
($300). 

(II) For the purposes of this regulation, each day or part thereof 
of violation of this bylaw or an order adopted thereto, 
whether such violation be continuous or intermittent, shall be 
construed as a separate and succeeding offense. 

(lii) The Board of Health may, at any time following public notice 
and by sending written notice by registered mall to the 
landfill owner or operator, hold a public hearing to determine 
whether the landfill is in violation of this regulation and may, 
following such hearing, determine whether or not the landfill 
is in violation and, if so, to determine what penalty shall be 
assessed and what actions the Board will require the landfill 
owner or operator to take to abate such violation. 

(h) Effective date 

This regulation shall be effective as of January 1 , 2002 

(I) Severabilitv 

If any section or other portion of this regulation is found Invalid, such finding 

of invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remainder of the regulation. 



CITIZENS' PETITION 

NAME ADDRESS NAME ADDRESS 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 53 Pond St. Peter J. Pratt 75 Ripley Rd. 

Kevin F. O'Donnell 248 King St. Keith Moskow 98 Gammons Rd. 

Peter G. Whittemore 47 Elm Ct. Bruce F. McKinnon 70 Fairoaks Ln. 

Mary O. Kelly 247 Fair Oaks Ln. Martha K. Gjesteby 81 Old Pasture Rd. 

Linda Keller 2 Gushing Rd. Constance Afshar 141 South Main St. 

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Moved to amend Article VI!, Safety and Public Order, of the General Bylaws 
by inserting the following new section: 



Section 40 . Regulation of Air Emissions from Landfills 

(a) Authority 

This Bylaw is adopted by the Town of Cohasset under Its Home Rule 
Authority pursuant to Article 89, Section 6, of the Amendments to the 
Massachusetts Constitution (the Home Rule Amendment), its police powers 
to protect the public health, safety, welfare, and its authorization under 
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 21, and is independent of 
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111 and regulations promulgated 
thereunder. 

(b) Purpose and Applicability 

The purpose of this Bylaw is to protect public health, safety, and the 
environment and to protect the constitutional right of Cohasset residents to 
clean air as guaranteed by Article 97 of the Articles of Amendment to the 
Massachusetts Constitution by regulating air emissions from landfills located 
in the Town of Cohasset which may constitute a nuisance, a danger to public 
health, or which may impair the public health and convenience. 

(c) Prohibition of Nuisance or Health Threat from Landfill Gas Emissions 
(i) Emissions of landfill gas from a landfill located in the Town of 

Cohasset shall at no time cause a nuisance condition, 
adversely affect public health, or otherwise impair the public 
health and convenience. 
(11) Upon receipt of a complaint from any one or more persons 
that a landfill is violating the above section, the Board of 
Health may require the owners or operator of said landfill to 
abate such violation. 

(d) Air quality monitoring of landfill gas emissions 

(i) The owner or operator of a landfill shall, at times and in 

places as required by the Board of Health, monitor ambient 
air quality to detect the extent and concentration of 
emissions of landfill gas emitted from said landfill throughout 
the Town of Cohasset, and shall provide the results of said 
monitoring to the Board of Health and to the public in a 
timely manner. 

(ii) The owner or operator of a landfill shall conduct additional 
air quality monitoring upon request of the Board of Health or 
the Health Agent. 

(e) Approval of landfill gas management plan 

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(I) Landfill gas shall at all times be managed by the owner or 

operator to reduce to the fullest extent possible the potential 
adverse effect of Ihe gas emissions on public health, safety, 
and the environment. 

(ii) Landfill gas from a landfill located in the Town of Cohasset 
may not be released into the atmosphere until such time as 
the Board of Health has reviewed and approved plans for 
management of landfill gas emissions, which may include, 
as required by the Board, treatment of the landfill gas, such 
as a granulated active carbon (GAC) filter or a flare system. 

(ill) No filter, flare system, or other treatment process for landfill 
gas shall be used by a landfill until such time as such filter or 
treatment process has been approved by the Board of 
Health. 

(iv) In reviewing and approving landfill gas management plans, 
the Board of HeaJth shall consider and may apply all relevant 
regulations and standards established under federal and 
state law and regulation, including the United States 
Environmental Protection New Source Performance 
Standards and the state Department of Environmental 
Protection landfill regulations, 310 CMR 19.000, state and 
federal air quality regulations, and any other applicable 
federal state, or local laws or regulations. 

(f) Assessment of Fees 

The Board may require pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 
44, section 533 or other applicable legal authority that the owner or operator 
of a landfill located in the Town of Cohasset pay to the Board in advance a 
fee consisting of the reasonable costs incurred, or to be incurred, by the 
Board for the employment of outside professional experts and/or consultants 
engaged by the Board to assist in the review ("review fee") of the ongoing 
monitoring required under this bylaw, any applications submitted to the Board 
for landfill gas control, and for any other purpose consistent with this bylaw . 

(g) Penalties for Violations 

(i) Whoever violates this regulation or any order promulgated 

thereto shall be punished, by a fine of not less than one 
hundred dollars ($100) nor more than three hundred dollars 
($300). 

(ii) For the purposes of this regulation, each day or part thereof 
of violation of this bylaw or an order adopted thereto, 
whether such violation be continuous or intermittent, shall be 
construed as a separate and succeeding offense. 

(iii) The Board of Health may, at any time following public notice 
and by sending written notice by registered mail to the 
landfill owner or operator, hold a public hearing to determine 
whether the landfill is in violation of this regulation and may, 
following such hearing, determine whether or not the landfill 

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is in violation and, If so, to determine what penalty shall be 
assessed and what actions the Board will require the landfill 
owner or operator to take to abate such violation. 

(h) Effective date 

This regulation shall be effective as of January 1, 2002 

(i) Severability 

If any section or other portion of this regulation is found Invalid, such finding 

of invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remainder of the regulation. 

Motion is defeated. 

Article 32: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the General Bylaws by 
inserting the following new Article: 

Article XV . Ground Water Cleanup Standards. 

i^ Authoritv 

This Bylaw is adopted by the Town of Cohasset under its Home Rule 
Authority pursuant to Article 89, Section 6 of the Amendments to the 
Massachusetts Constitution (the Home Rule Amendment), its police powers 
to protect the public health, safety, welfare, the authorization to adopt bylaws 
pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 21, and its 
authority to plan for the prevention, control and abatement of water pollution 
under M.G.Lc.21, §27(1). 

2, Purpose 

The purpose of this Bylaw Is to protect, preserve, improve and maintain the 
Town of Cohasset's existing and potential public drinking water sources, to 
preserve and protect the constitutional right of Cohasset residents to clean 
water as guaranteed by Article 97 of the Articles of Amendment to the 
Massachusetts Constitution and to assure public health and safety through 
the application of stringent environmental ground water quality clean up 
standards which assure restoration of any contaminated water resources 
area covered by this Bylaw to a fully useable condition. 



3^ Recitations 

3.1 The Town of Cohasset relies on surface water sources, which are 
influenced by groundwater, and on groundwater sources within the 



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Town, as its source of public drinking water for residents, businesses 
and industries in ttie Town. 

3.2 Tliere liave been a number of documented releases and threats of 
release within the Town of contaminants and "oil" and "hazardous 
material" as those terms are defined under Massachusetts General 
Laws Chapter 21 E and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, 310 
CMR 40.0000 et.seq, ("MCP"). 

3.3 Groundwater in Cohasset that contributes to our sources of public 
drinking water supply has been contaminated or threatened by 
various releases and threats of release within the Town of 
contaminants and "oil" and "hazardous material". 

3.4 Multiple contaminants in groundwater and/or multiple pathways of 
exposure to such contaminants has presented and continues to 
present potential risks to Cohasset's present and future public 
drinking water supply sources. 

4. Definitions 



The following terms shall have the following meanings in this Article: 

4.1 "Cleanup" means any response action, removal action or remedial 
action undertaken pursuant to any federal or state environmental 
law, rule, regulation, order or decree involving the clean up or 
removal of any contaminant from the environment, including, without 
limitation, from land, waters and/or ground-waters. 

4.2 "Contaminant" means any physical, chemical, biological or 
radiological substance or matter in water, as defined in 42 U.S.C. § 
300f(6). The term "Contaminant" includes, without limitation, any 
material or substance defined as "oil" or "hazardous material" under 
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 21 E (the Massachusetts 
"Superfund" law) or the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, 310 CMR 
40.0000 et seq. (the "MCP"). 

4.3 "DEP" means the Department of Environmental Protection, its 
predecessors and/or its successors. 

4.4 "Fully useable condition" means that, with respect to the Resource 
Areas defined in this Bylaw, contaminant levels meet or surpass in 
cleanness on a permanent basis the groundwater cleanup standards 
established by this Bylaw throughout the Resource Area for each 
and every contaminant. 

4.5 "Ground Water Cleanup Standards" means the groundwater quality 
standards adopted by the Town of Cohasset pursuant to this Bylaw 
which are as follows: (1) the most recently established Maximum 
Contaminant Level Goals ("MCLGs") established under the Safe 
Drinking Water Act for each Contaminant for which and MCLG has 
been established, see 40 CFR § § 141.50 -141.52, (2) the most 
recently established Massachusetts Maximum Contaminant Level 
Goals (MMCLG's) for drinking water set by the Massachusetts 
Department of Environmental Protection, and (3) where a MCLG or 

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MMCLG for an unregulated volatile organic compound ("VOC") has 
not been promulgated, 1 part per billion ("ppb") for any such volatile 
organic compound ("VOC") and 5ppab total for all such VOC's.. 

4.6 "Potentially productive aquifer(s)" means all aquifers within Cohasset 
delineated by the U.S. Geological Survey as a high or medium yield 
aquifer. 

4.7 "Resource Area" means and includes each and all of the following 
areas in the Town of Cohasset: 

(a) The Water Resource District established pursuant to 
Section 14 of the Zoning Bylaws, which includes the 
watershed for surface water sources and the wellhead 
protection areas for the groundwater sources of public 
drinl^ing water supply. 

(b) All Potentially Productive Aquifers. 

(c) Potential surface water supply areas as Identified by 
the federal or state government or the Town of Cohasset. 

5: Scope 



Any Cleanup performed In the Town of Cohasset by a person potentially 
liable under Section 5(a) of General Laws Chapter 21 E on, in, at, of or 
affecting any Resource Area(s) shall on a permanent basis meet or surpass 
in cleanness the Ground Water Clean Up Standards established by this 
Bylaw throughout the Resource Area for each and every Contaminant for 
which the Cleanup is or has been undertaken. 

6, Application of Ground Water Cleanup Standards 

All sampled locations throughout the Resource Area shall meet the Ground 
Water Clean Up Standards established by this Bylaw. No averaging of 
samples may be used to determine compliance with the Ground Water 
Cleanup Standards for any particular sampling point. Resource Area or any 
combination of Resource Areas. All Resource Areas, which undergo a 
Cleanup must be restored to a fully useable condition. 

L Enforcement 

The Conservation Commission is authorized and empowered to enforce the 
provisions of this Bylaw. Pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 40, Section 21, breach 
of this Bylaw shall be punishable by a penalty of three hundred dollars 
($300.00) for each offense. Each day during which a breach of this Bylaw 
continues shall constitute a separate offense. Without limitation, it shall 
constitute a breach of this Bylaw to discontinue for more than thirty (30) days 
or to abandon a Cleanup of a Resource Area without meeting the 
Groundwater Cleanup Standards of this Bylaw. Any breach of this Bylaw 
shall be deemed to cause irreparable harm to the Town of Cohasset and its 
citizens, residents, and persons employed in the Town, entitling the Town of 
Cohasset to all appropriate injunctive relief In addition to ail other available 
remedies provided by law. 



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8, Variance From Groundwater Cleanup Standards 

The Conservation Commission shall have the power, after public hearing for 
which notice has been given by publication and posting, by mailing to the 
applicant, all abutters, all abutters to abutters, and the Cohasset Board of 
Water Commissioners, to grant upon petition with respect to a particular 
Cleanup a variance from the Groundwater Cleanup Standards of this Bylaw 
where the Conservation Commission specifically finds that desirable relief 
may be granted without substantial detriment to the public good and without 
nullifying or substantially derogating from the intent or purpose of this Bylaw. 
In determining whether to grant such a variance, the Conservation 
Commission, In consultation with the Board of Water Commissioners, should 
consider the following: 

(i) the ability of the applicant to demonstrate that its 

contribution to a discharge, release, or disposal of 
the contaminants at issue can be distinguished from 
the contribution of other parties; 

(ii) the amount and concentration of the contaminants 
involved; 

(Hi) the degree of toxicity and the fate and transport of 
the contaminants I Involved; 

(iv) the degree of involvement by the applicant in the 
generation, transportation; 

(v) treatment, storage, or disposal of the contaminants 
involved; 

(vl) the degree of care exercised by the 
applicant with respect to the contaminants 
concerned, taking Into account the characteristics of 
such contaminants; 

(vil) the degree of cooperation by the applicant with the 
Federal, State or local officials to prevent any harm 
to the public health, safety , welfare, or environment; 

(vlil) alternatives proposed by the applicant to protect the 
public health, safety , welfare and the environment 
including, without limitation, any prospective 
contribution by the applicant to costs of treatment of 
the affected groundwater before its distribution 
within Cohassefs public water supply; and 

(ix) whether achievement of the Ground Water Cleanup 
Standards is technologically infeaslble or not cost- 
effective based on the limits of best available 
technology, the marginal costs, the marginal 
benefits, and the risks to the public health, safety, 
welfare and the environment. 

The Conservation Commission may impose conditions, safeguards and 
limitations in such a variance to protect the public health, safety, welfare and 
the environment and to effectuate the purposes of this Bylaw. 

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9. Assessment of Fees 

The Conservation Commission may require pursuant to Massachusetts 
General Laws Chapter 44, section 53G, Commission regulations, or other 
applicable legal authority that a person potentially liable under Section 5(a) of 
General Laws Chapter 21 E for the cleanup of a site located in Cohasset pay 
to the Commission in advance a fee consisting of the reasonable costs 
incurred, or to be incurred, by the Commission for the employment of outside 
professional experts and/or consultants engaged by the Commission to 
assist in the review ("review fee") of any cleanup regulated pursuant to this 
bylaw, and for any other purpose consistent with this bylaw. 



10. Applicability 

This Bylaw shall apply to any existing, ongoing or proposed Cleanup to the 

maximum extent permitted by law. 



1 1 . Severability 

If any part of this Bylaw is adjudicated invalid, the remaining parts shall 
remain in full force and effect. If this Bylaw is adjudicated invalid or 
Inapplicable in any area or zone, it shall remain valid and applicable to the 
maximum geographical extent possible. 

CITIZENS' PETITION 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



John K. McNabb, Jr. 53 Pond St. 
Kevin F. O'Donnell 248 King St. 
Peter G. Whittemore 47 Elm Ct. 
Mary 0. Kelly 247 Fair Oaks Ln. 
Linda Keller 2 Gushing Rd. 



Peter J. Pratt 75 Ripley Rd. 
Keith Moskow 98 Gammons Rd. 
Bruce F. McKinnon 70 Fairoaks Ln. 
Martha K. Gjesteby 81 Old Pasture Rd. 
Constance Afshar 141 South Main St 



Moved that this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Motion to indefinitely postpone is adopted unanimously^ 

Article 33: 



To see what sum or sums of money the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any 
applicable statute, , to be expended by the School Committee and the Town 
Manager, to supplement the funding to renovate, reconstruct make 
extraordinary changes, furnish and pay for the architectural fees, and all 
other related costs, to the Deer Hill Elementary School and Middle/High 

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School for the creation of additional space, handicapped accessibility, and to 
meet the educational specifications established by the Cohasset School 
Committee as voted in Article 13 of the March 2000 Annual Town Meeting. 
This article is intended to take effect upon passage in Fiscal Year 2001 . 

Moved that It is the intention of the School Building Committee to withdraw 
this article from consideration, and, therefore, it is moved that this Article be 
indefinitely postponed. 

Motion to indefinitely postpone is adopted unanimously. 

Article 34: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or transfer from available funds, a sum or sums of money to add 
to the Stabilization Fund in accordance with M.G.L. c. 40, Section 5B, as 
amended. 

Moved that it is the intention of the Board of Selectmen to withdraw this 
article from consideration, and, therefore, it is moved that this Article be 
indefinitely postponed. 

Motion to indefinitely postpone is adopted unanimously. 

Moved that this meeting stand adjourned only for the election to be held 
Saturday, April 7, 2001. 

Motion voted unanimously at 6:15 p.m. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 



Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION 
APRIL 7. 2001 



The polls opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m. 
Total Voters— 1816 Per Cent — 34% 

Absentee Voters - - Pre. 1 - 53; Pre. 2 - 44 

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Election officers sworn In by the Town Clerk, Marion Douglas at 7:45 a.m. 
were as follows: 



Carol St. Pierre 
Shirley Tewksbury 
Kathleen Rhodes 
Dan Adams 
Debra Krupczak 
Katherlne Lincoln 



Janice Rosano 
Jean Thompson 
Robert Thompson 
Ann Barrett 
Helen King 



SELECTMEN FOR THREE YEARS — VOTE FOR TWO 





Pct.1 


Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


Merle S. Brown 


617 


642 


1259 


Thomas J. Callahan 


624 


605 


1229 


Write-ins (scattering) 


27 


24 


51 


Blanks 


526 


567 


1093 


Total 


1794 


1838 


3632 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR THREE YEARS - VOTE FOR 2 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 



TOTAL 



Mark G. DeGiacomo 


545 


532 


1077 


Patricia C. Martin 


510 


450 


960 


Adrienne M. MacCarthy 


438 


519 


957 


Write-ins (scattering) 


7 


2 


9 


Blanks 


294 


335 


629 


TOTAL 


2691 


1838 


3632 



TRUSTEE PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY FOR THREE YEARS-VOTE FOR 3 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 TOTAL 



June S. Hubbard 


665 


606 


1271 


Sarah R. Pease 


658 


607 


1265 


Barbara M. Power 


653 


611 


1264 


Write-ins (scattering) 


10 


1 


11 


Blanks 


705 


932 


1637 


TOTAL 


2691 


2757 


5448 



100 



ASSESSOR FOR THREE YEARS - VOTE FOR 1 





Pct.1 


Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


Elsa J. Miller 
Write-ins (scattering) 
Blanks 
TOTAL 


611 
4 

282 
897 


603 

3 

313 

919 


1214 

7 

595 

1816 



BOARD OF HEALTH - VOTE FOR 1 FOR THREE YEARS ■ VOTE FOR 1 





Pet. 1 


Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


Stephen N. Bobo 
Write-ins (scattering) 
Blanks 
TOTAL 


633 
2 

262 
897 


633 

2 

284 

919 


1266 

4 

546 

1816 



COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR FIVE YEARS - VOTE FORI 





Pet. 1 


Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


John D. Muncey 
Write-ins (scattering) 
Blanks 
TOTAL 


610 

2 

285 

897 


621 
1 
297 
919 


1231 
3 
582 
1816 



PLANNING BOARD FOR FIVE YEARS - VOTE FOR 1 





Pet. 1 


Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


Richard H. Brown, Jr. 


257 


353 


610 


Peter J. Pratt 


568 


478 


1046 


Write-ins (scattering) 











Blanks 


72 


88 


160 


TOTAL 


897 


919 


1816 



101 



RECREATION COMMISSION FOR FIVE YEARS - VOTE FOR 1 





Pot. 1 


Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


Frederick H. Grassie, Jr. 


658 


676 


1334 


Write-ins (scattering) 


2 


2 


4 


Blanks 


237 


241 


478 


TOTAL 


897 


919 


1816 


SEWER COMMISSION FOR THREE YEARS 


- VOTE FOR 1 






Pet. 1 


Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


Sean C. Cunning 


619 


603 


1222 


Write-ins (scattering) 


2 


3 


5 


Blanks 


276 


313 


589 


TOTAL 


897 


919 


1816 


WATER COMMISSION FOR THREE YEARS ■ 


■ VOTE FOR 1 






Pet. 1 


Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


Robert E. Kasameyer 


639 


622 


1261 


Write-ins (scattering) 


1 





1 


Blanks 


257 


297 


554 


TOTAL 


897 


919 


1816 


WATER COMMISSION FOR ONE YEAR TO FILL AN UNEXPIRED TERM - 


VOTE FOR 1 










Pet. 1 


Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


Glenn A. Pratt 


650 


660 


1310 


Write-ins (scattering) 


1 


3 


4 


Blanks 


246 


256 


502 


TOTAL 


897 


919 


1816 



Question #1 

Shall the Town of Cohasset be allowed to assess an additional $300,000.00 
in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of meeting the 
operational expenses of the Town Government and School System for the 
fiscal year beginning July 1 , Two Thousand One? 



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Pet. 1 Pet. 2 TOTAL 



Yes 
No 

Blanks 
TOTAL 



Question #2 



483 


468 


951 


389 


430 


819 


23. 
897 


21 
919 


1816 



Shall the Town of Cohasset vote to accept General Laws, Chapter 44 
Sections 3-7, known as the Community Preservation Act, which establishes a 
Special "Community Preservation Fund" that may be appropriated and spent 
for certain open space, historic resources and affordable housing purposes 
and to approve a property tax surcharge that shall be in the amount of one 
and one half (1 >2%) percent of the taxes assessed annually on real property 
and shall be dedicated to the fund, such surcharge to be imposed on taxes 
assessed for fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2001, and to exempt 
from the surcharge the following: 

(1) An exemption for property owned and occupied as a domicile by a 
person who would qualify for low income housing or low or moderate 
income senior housing in the community; and 

(2) An exemption for $100,000.00 of the assessed valuation of Class 
One, residential, parcels? 



Pet. 1 Pet. 2 TOTAL 



514 


484 


998 


354 


402 


756 


29 


33 


62 


897 


919 


1816 



Yes 
No 

Blanks 
TOTAL 



The polls closed at 6 p.m. and the results were declared at 7 p.m. 
A True Record, ATTEST: 



Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



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RECOUNT - APRIL 21. 2001 

The Board of Registrars scheduled a recount for School Committee on 
Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 10 am at the Cohasset Town Hall Auditorium. 
Registrars present were: Judith Volungis, Acting Chair, Marion Douglas, 
Clerk, and Edythe Ford. Carol St. Pierre was acting as Temporary Registrar; 
as Margaret Charles, Chairwoman was absent. Before starting the recount, 
the Registrars held a hearing at 10:10 a.m. on an objection received from 
Patricia Martin stating that on Petitions for Precinct 1 and 2 neither contained 
a Statement of Reason on the petition forms. The objection requests that the 
Registrars not hold a recount as petitioned by Adrienne MacCarthy for the 
office of School Committee as It fails to comply with the law. Counsels (for 
the objector and the petitioner) and Town Counsel were heard from. After 
discussion, it was moved to deny the objection for the reasons stated by all 
counsels. The reasons in part included; notarized statements were agreed 
upon, both petitions signed by the candidate, more than the ten qualified 
voters signed each petition and no specific case law was cited for or against 
leaving the statement of reason blank on each form. Motion was seconded 
and voted unanimously by the Board of Registrars to deny the objection and 
to begin the recount. 

The following election workers assisted in the recount were: Janice Rosano, 
Kathleen Rhodes, Dan Adams, Margaret Hernan, Debra Krupczak, Katherine 
Lincoln, Nancy Barrett, Janet MacLure, and Grace Tuckerman. 

The counsel for Patricia Martin was William A. McDermott, Jr. and as 
assistant legal counsels: Lisa Hewitt Dick and John T. McElligott. Observers 
were as follows: Kathy Ofsthun, Richard Ofsthun, Steven Oronte, Janyce 
Brown, Lisa Bumstead and Peter Pratt. Counsel for Adrienne MacCarthy 
was Patrick Waters. Observers were as follows: Sarah Porter, Thomas 
Shipp, Joseph Stanganelli, James Porter, Sarah Murphy and Susan Galligan. 

Paul DeRensis, Town Counsel, represented the Board of Registrars. 

As determined by the recount, the votes cast for the office of School 
Committee were as follows: 

Pre. 1 Pre. 2 TOTAL 



Mark DeGiacomo 


546 


535 


1081 


Patricia Martin 


510 


451 


961 


Adrienne MacCarthy 


439 


520 


959 


Write-ins 


7 


4 


11 


Blanks 


294 


330 


624 


TOTAL 


1796 


1840 


3636 



A True Record, ATTEST: 

Marion L. Douglas, Town Clerk 
Clerk for the Board of Registrar 



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Index - Special Town Meeting, November 5, 2001 

Article # Description of Article 

1. Unpaid bills. Adopted. 

2. 2002 Operating Budget adjustments. Adopted. 

3. Gravel Pit Design & Bid Documents. Adopted. 

4. King Street and Schofield Road Easement. 
Adopted. 

5. Water Department Capital. Adopted. 

6. Water Department - Release of Easement. 
Adopted. 

7. Water Department - Granting of Easement. 
Adopted. 

8. Naming of Mariner's Park. Adopted. 

9. Accept Gift of Land - Route 3A. Adopted. 

10. Police Station Design & Bid Documents. 
Defeated. 

1 1 . Amend Library Wording & Appropriation. 
Adopted. 

12. Stabilization Fund. Adopted. 

13. Private Way Repair Account. Adopted. 

14. Local Room Occupancy Excise Tax. Defeated. 

15. PWED Grant Plan Approval. Adopted. 

16. Community Preservation Committee. Adopted. 

17. Amend Zoning Bylaw - Ledge. Indefinitely 
postponed. 

18. DPW Capital Equipment. Adopted. 

19. James Brook Flood Control. Adopted. 

20. Forest Avenue Sidewalk. Adopted. 

21. Grown & Development Master Plan. Adopted. 

22. Building Permit Moratorium. Indefinitely 
postponed. 

23. Senior Housing Zoning. Adopted. 

24. CHL Settlement Agreement. Adopted. 

25. Citizens' Petition - Sewer Abatements. Adopted. 



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Special Town Meeting - November 5, 2001 

At the Special Town Meeting iield on Monday, November 5, 2001 at the 
Cohasset High School Sullivan Gymnasium the following articles were 
contained in the warrant and acted upon as follows. 

Checkers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 6:30 p.m. were 
Carol St. Pierre, Janice Rosano, Margaret Hernan, Kathleen Rhodes and 
Debra Krupczak. Tellers were appointed and sworn in by the Moderator, 
George L. Marlette, III. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. and a quorum of 100 
was present at that time. The registered voters checked in on the voting list 
totaled 406. Precinct 1 - 248 voters and Precinct 2 - 1 58. 

Voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the call of the Meeting 
and Return of Service having been examined by the Moderator and found to 
be in order. 

Moved the following rules of procedure be adopted for the November 5, 
2001, Special Town Meeting: that at the beginning of the Special Town 
Meeting, the Moderator shall call aloud each of the articles printed in the 
warrant by number, that those articles for which any seven (7) voters states a 
"hold" shall be held for further debate, that those articles upon which no hold 
has been placed shall all then and there all collectively, by one motion, be 
adopted in accordance with the proposed Town Manager's motions for each 
respective article and that the remaining articles that have been so held shall 
thereafter be called individually by the Moderator for separate debate and 
vote, unless at the time the article is called, the hold thereon is withdrawn, in 
which event the article shall then and there be voted upon without further 
debate. 

Articles 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 23 and 24 were not held for 

debate. 

Motion adopted. 

ARTICLE 1: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, to pay for unpaid bills from 
previous fiscal years. 

VENDOR AMOUNT REQUESTED 

Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland $22.059.00 

TOTAL $22,059.00 
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Moved that Twenty Seven Thousand Fifty Nine ($27,059.00) Dollars be 
raised by taxation and other general revenues of the Town, to be expended 
by the Town Manager, to pay the following unpaid bills from previous fiscal 
years: 

Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland $27.059.00 

TOTAL $27,059.00 

A 9/1 vote req u i red . 
Motion adopted. 



ARTICLE 4: 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire 
by purchase, gift or eminent domain, an easement for installation, repair and 
maintenance of a drainage pipe and appurtenant structures at the 
intersection of King Street and Schofield Road on land commonly known as 
460 King Street, Cohasset, and more particularly described in the deed 
recorded in Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Book 7077, Page 730. The 
land and terms of the easement shall be as determined by the Board of 
Selectmen. 

Moved that the Board of Selectmen be hereby authorized to acquire by 
purchase, gift or eminent domain, an easement for installation, repair and 
maintenance of a drainage pipe and appurtenant structures at the 
intersection of King Street and Schofield Road on land commonly known as 
460 King Street, Cohasset, and more particularly described in the deed 
recorded in Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Book 7077, Page 730. The 
land and terms of the easement shall be as determined by the Board of 
Selectmen. 

A 2/3 vote required. 

Motion adopted by the required 2/3's. 

ARTICLE 6: 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Water Commissioners 
to release that portion of the easement taken by the Cohasset Water 
Company under an Order of Taking dated November 2, 1949, recorded in 
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, Book 2868, Page 541, lying between 
James Lane and Pleasant Street, as described in Paragraph 10 of said 
taking and burdening land owned in 1949 by Eleanor T. Downs, Frances 
Downs, and Rebecca D. Hock, and now owned by John H. Connell. 



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Moved that the Board of Water Commissioners be hereby authorized to 
release that portion of the easement taken by the Cohasset Water Company 
under an Order of Taking dated November 2, 1949, recorded in Norfolk 
County Registry of Deeds, Book 2868, Page 541, lying between James Lane 
and Pleasant Street, as described in Paragraph 10 of said taking and 
burdening land owned in 1949 by Eleanor T. Downs, Frances Downs, and 
Rebecca D. Hock, and now owned by John H. Connell. 

A 2/3 vote required. 

Motion adopted by the required 2/3's. 

ARTICLE 7: 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Water Commissioners 
to acquire by purchase, gift or eminent domain, an easement for installation, 
repair and maintenance of a fire hydrant at the intersection of Elm Street and 
Brook Street on land commonly known as 13 Elm Street, Cohasset, and 
shown on Town of Cohasset Assessors' Map 27, as Plots 27-1 and 27-2. 
The location and terms of the easement shall be as determined by the Board 
of Water Commissioners. 

Moved that the Board of Water Commissioners be hereby authorized to 
acquire by purchase, gift or eminent domain, an easement for installation, 
repair and maintenance of a fire hydrant at the intersection of Elm Street and 
Brook Street on land commonly known as 13 Elm Street, Cohasset, and 
shown on Town of Cohasset Assessors' Map 27, as Plots 27-1 and 27-2. 
The location and terms of the easement shall be as determined by the Board 
of Water Commissioners. 

A 2/3 vote required. 

Motion adopted by tlie required 2/3's. 



ARTICLE 8: 

To see if the Town will vote to name the Town owned property located on 
Parker Avenue (formerly known as the Hagerty Property), and identified on 
Assessors' Map 37 as Parcel 1 1 , as "Mariner's Park". 

Moved that the Town owned property located on Parker Avenue (formerly 
known as the Hagerty Property), and identified on Assessors' Map 37 as 
Parcel 1 1 , be hereinafter named "Mariner's Park". 



Motion adopted. 



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ARTICLE 9: 

To see if the Town will vote to accept a gift of land of approximately 2 acres, 
more or less, a portion of Assessors' Map 73, Parcel 6, located on Route 3A, 
from Crocker il Realty Trust, subject to a successful Chapter 21 E Site 
Assessment satisfactory to the Board of Selectmen. 

Moved that a gift of land of approximately 2 acres, more or less, a portion of 
Assessors' Map 73, Parcel 6, located on Route 3A, from Crocker II Realty 
Trust, is hereby accepted, subject to a successful Chapter 21 E Site 
Assessment satisfactory to the Board of Selectmen. 

A 2/3 vote required. 

Motion adopted by the required 2/3's. 

ARTICLE 12: 



To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, a sum or sums of money, to add to the Stabilization Fund in 
accordance with M.G.L. c. 40, § 5B, as amended. 

Moved that Five Hundred Sixty Seven Thousand Two Hundred Eighty One 
($567,281.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus Revenue, to add to the 
Stabilization Fund in accordance with M.G.L. c. 40, § 5B, as amended. 

Motion adopted. 

ARTICLE 13: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, to add to the Private Way 
Repair Capital Account, as originally voted in Article 15 of the October 26, 
1998, Special Town Meeting, to repair private ways in Town. 

Moved that Thirty Five Thousand ($35,000.00) Dollars be appropriated from 
taxation and other general revenues of the Town, to be expended by the 
Town Manager, to add to the Private Way Repair Capital Account, as 
originally voted in Article 15 of the October 26, 1998, Special Town Meeting, 
to repair private ways in Town. 

Motion adopted. 



ARTICLE 16: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article V - "Appointed Standing Town 
Boards and Committee" of the General Bylaws be hereby amended by 

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adding the following new section 20, entitled "Community Preservation 
Committee" as follows: 

SECTION 20. COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE 

(a) The Community Preservation Committee shall be appointed by the 
Board of Selectmen and shall consist of nine (9) members to be 
made up as follows: 

One Member shall be a member of the Conservation Commission 

One Member shall be a member of the Historical Commission 

One Member shall be a member of the Planning Board 

One Member shall be a member of the Board of Park 

Commissioners 

One Member shall be a member of the Housing Authority 

One Member shall be a member of the Water Commission 

Three Members shall be citizens of the Town 

(b) The members shall be appointed to three (3) year terms, the 
conclusion of each term being the end of the fiscal year. Initially, 
three members shall be appointed to three (3) year terms; three- 
members shall be appointed to two (2) year terms; and three 
members shall be appointed to one (1) year terms; so that three 
members shall be appointed each fiscal year. 

(c) The Community Preservation Committee shall not meet or conduct 
business without the presence of a quorum, except to adjourn from 
time to time. A majority of the members of the Committee shall 
constitute a quorum. The Committee shall approve its actions by a 
majority vote of those voting and present. The Community 
Preservation Committee is responsible for evaluating the community 
preservation needs of the Town of Cohasset and making 
recommendations to Town Meeting. 

(d) Subject to any and all responsibilities set forth in Massachusetts 
General Laws, Chapter 44B, Sections 5(b)(1) through 5(b)(3)(c), the 
Committee shall study the needs, possibilities and resources of the 
Town regarding community preservation. The Committee shall 
consult with existing municipal boards, including the Board of 
Selectmen, the Conservation Commission, the Historical 
Commission, the Planning Board, the Recreation Commission, the 
Water Commission, the Open Space Committee, and the Housing 
Authority in conducting such studies. As part of its study, the 
Committee shall review the Town Master Plan and hold one or more 
public informational hearings on the needs, possibilities and 
resources of the Town regarding community preservation, notice of 
which shall be posted publicly and published for each of two weeks 



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preceding a hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the 
Town. 

(e) Subject to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44B, Sections 
5(b)(2) through 5(b)(3)(c), the Committee shall make 
recommendations to the Town Meeting for the acquisition and 
preservation of historic resources, for the acquisition, creation and 
preservation of historic resources for the acquisition, creation and 
preservation of land for recreational use, for the creation, 
preservation and support of community housing and for rehabilitation 
or restoration of such open space, historical resources, land for 
recreational use and community housing that is acquired or created 
as provided in this section. With respect to community housing, the 
Committee shall recommend, wherever possible, the reuse of 
existing buildings or construction of new buildings on previously 
developed sites. 

(f) The Committee may include in its recommendations to Town 
Meeting, a recommendation to set aside, for later spending, funds for 
specific purposes that are consistent with community preservation, 
but for which sufficient revenues are not then available in the 
community preservation fund to accomplish that specific purpose or 
set aside for later spending funds for general purposes that are 
consistent with community preservation. 

(g) Subject to the requirement of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 
44B, Section 5(d), Section 5(e) and Section 6, the Town Meeting 
may make appropriations from or reservations of community 
preservation funds in the amount recommended by the committee or 
it may reduce or reject a recommended amount. The Committee 
shall keep a record of its recommendations to the Town Meeting and 
the specific action taken on them. 

(h) The Committee shall maintain an inventory of all real property 
interest acquired, disposed of or improved after the Committee's 
recommendations are acted on by Town Meeting. 



Moved that Article V - "Appointed Standing Town Boards and Committee" of 
the General Bylaws be hereby amended by adding the following new section 
20, entitled "Community Preservation Committee" as follows: 

SECTION 20. COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE 

(a) There is hereby established a Community Preservation Committee 
which shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and shall 
consist of nine (9) members to be made up as follows: 



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One Member shall be a member of the Conservation Commission 

One Member shall be a member of the Historical Commission 

One Member shall be a member of the Planning Board 

One Member shall be a member of the Board of Park 

Commissioners 

One Member shall be a member of the Housing Authority 

One Member shall be a member of the Open Space Committee 

Three Members shall be citizens of the Town 

(b) The members shall be appointed to three (3) year terms, the 
conclusion of each term being the end of the fiscal year. Initially, 
three members shall be appointed to three (3) year terms; three 
members shall be appointed to two (2) year terms; and three 
members shall be appointed to one (1) year terms; so that three 
members shall be appointed each fiscal year. 

(c) The Community Preservation Committee shall not meet or conduct 
business without the presence of a quorum, except to adjourn from 
time to time. A majority of the members of the Committee shall 
constitute a quorum. The Committee shall approve its actions by a 
majority vote of those voting and present. The Community 
Preservation Committee is responsible for evaluating the community 
preservation needs of the Town of Cohasset and making 
recommendations to Town Meeting. 

(d) Subject to any and all responsibilities set forth in Massachusetts 
General Laws, Chapter 44B, Sections 5(b)(1) through 5(b)(3)(c), the 
Committee shall study the needs, possibilities and resources of the 
Town regarding community preservation. The Committee shall 
consult with existing municipal boards, including the Board of 
Selectmen, the Conservation Commission, the Historical 
Commission, the Planning Board, the Recreation Commission, the 
Water Commission, the Open Space Committee, and the Housing 
Authority in conducting such studies. As part of its study, the 
Committee shall review any current Master Plan or Open Space Plan 
and hold one or more public informational hearings on the needs, 
possibilities and resources of the Town regarding community 
preservation, notice of which shall be posted publicly and published 
for each of two weeks preceding a hearing in a newspaper of general 
circulation in the Town. 

(e) Subject to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44B, Sections 
5(b)(2) through 5(b)(3)(c), the Committee shall make 
recommendations to the Town Meeting for the acquisition and 
preservation of historic resources, for the acquisition, creation and 
preservation of open space, for the acquisition, creation and 
preservation of land for recreational use, for the creation, 
preservation and support of community housing and for rehabilitation 

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or restoration of such open space, historical resources, land for 
recreational use and community housing that is acquired or created 
as provided in this section. With respect to community housing, the 
Committee shall recommend, wherever possible, the reuse of 
existing buildings or construction of new buildings on previously 
developed sites. 

(f) The Committee may include In its recommendations to Town 
Meeting, a recommendation to set aside, for later spending, funds for 
specific purposes that are consistent with community preservation, 
but for which sufficient revenues are not then available In the 
community preservation fund to accomplish that specific purpose or 
set aside for later spending funds for general purposes that are 
consistent with community preservation. 

(g) Subject to the requirement of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 
44B, Section 5(d), Section 5(e) and Section 6, the Town Meeting 
may make appropriations from or reservations of community 
preservation funds in the amount recommended by the committee or 
it may reduce or reject a recommended amount. The Committee 
shall keep a record of its recommendations to the Town Meeting and 
the specific action taken on them. 

(h) The Committee shall maintain an inventory of all real property 
interest acquired, disposed of or improved after the Committee's 
recommendations are acted on by Town Meeting. 

Motion adopted. 

ARTICLE 18: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of purchasing 
and equipping the following new capital equipment that replaces existing 
equipment for the Department of Public Works, and to authorize the Town 
Manager to trade-in or otherwise dispose of such existing equipment: 

Two (2) Breakaway Roll-off Trailers 
One (1) Grasshopper Mower 
Miscellaneous Cemetery Equipment 

Moved that Seventy Four Thousand ($74,000.00) Dollars be appropriated 
from taxation and other general revenues of the Town, to be expended by 
the Town Manager, for the purpose of purchasing and equipping the 
following new capital equipment that replaces existing equipment for the 
Department of Public Works, and to authorize the Town Manager to trade-in 
or otherwise dispose of such existing equipment: 

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Two (2) Breakaway Roll-off Trailers 
One (1) Grasshopper Mower 
Miscellaneous Cemetery Equipment 

Motion adopted. 

ARTICLE 19: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the design, permitting, 
construction, equipping and ail associated costs related thereto, for flood 
control improvements to the portion of the James Brook watershed located 
more or less between Cohasset Village and Cohasset Harbor, in accordance 
with applicable environmental laws, regulations, and policies, said funds to 
be expended only in the event such funds are eligible for reimbursement by 
the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 

Moved that One Million Two Hundred Thousand ($1,200,000.00) Dollars be 
hereby appropriated, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the design, 
permitting, construction, equipping and all associated costs related thereto, 
for flood control improvements to the portion of the James Brook watershed 
located more or less between Cohasset Village and Cohasset Harbor, in 
accordance with applicable environmental laws, regulations, and policies, 
said funds to be expended only in the event such funds are eligible for 
reimbursement by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and, that 
to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of 
Selectmen is hereby authorized to borrow One Million Two Hundred 
Thousand ($1,200,000.00) Dollars, pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the 
Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, 
and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefore. 

A 2/3 vote required. 

Motion adopted by the necessary 2/3's. 

ARTICLE 23: 

To see if the town will vote to amend Section 2.1 of the Zoning Bylaws to add 
the following new definition: 

Senior Housing Facility: housing sponsored in whole or in part by a private 
individual or entity and/or by the Town and/or one or more of its boards 
and/or committees to provide affordable living accommodations for residents 
of the Town who are fifty-five (55) years of age or older. 

and, further, to see if the Town will vote to amend Section 4.2, Table of Use 
Regulations, of the Zoning Bylaw be hereby amended to add the following 
under "Use, Residential": 

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Senior Housing Facility 



R-A 


R-B 


R-C 


DB 


WB 


HB 


TB 


LI 


OS 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


SP 


No 


No 


No 



and, furtlier, to see If the Town will vote to amend Section 5.3.1, Table of 
Area Regulations, of the Zoning Bylaw be hereby amended to add the 
following under "R-A": 

Senior Housing Facility from Table 4.2 

MINIMUM REQUIRED LOTS MINIMUM YARDS MAXIMUM PERMITTED 

Area Frontage Width Front Side Rear Height Coverage Structural 

Depth 

(sq/ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (%) (%) (ft) 

24,000 50 100 20 15 15 35 30 N/A 

6,000 for each additional family more than two 

and, further, to see If the Town will vote to amend Section 5.3.1, Table of 
Area Regulations, of the Zoning Bylaw to add the following under "R-B": 

Senior Housing Facility from Table 4.2 

MINIMUM REQUIRED LOTS MINIMUM YARDS MAXIMUM PERMITTED 

Area Frontage Width Front Side Rear Height Coverage Structural 

Dept 
(sq/ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (%) (%) (ft) 

48.000 50 25 30 20 30 35 30 N/A 

8,000 for each additional family more than two 

and, further, to see if the Town will vote to amend Section 5.3.1, Table of 
Area Regulations, of the Zoning Bylaw to add the following under "R-C": 

Senior Housing Facility from Table 4.2 

MINIMUM REQUIRED LOTS MINIMUM YARDS MAXIMUM PERMITTED 

Area Frontage Width Front Side Rear Height Coverage Structural 

Depth 
(sq/ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (o/o) {%) (ft) 

80,000 50 150 30 20 30 35 30 N/A 

10,000 for each additional family more than two 

and, further, to see if the Town will vote to amend Section 5.3.1, Table of 
Area Regulations, of the Zoning Bylaw to add the following under "DB", or 
take any other action thereon: 



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Senior Housing Facility from Table 4.2 

MINIMUM REQUIRED LOTS MINIMUM YARDS MAXIMUM PERMITTED 

Area Frontage Width Front Side Rear Height Coverage Structural 

Depth 

(sq/ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (%) (%) (ft) 

40,000 20 20 15 10 15 35 25 N/A 

4,000 for eacli additional family more than two 

and, further, to see if the Town will vote to amend Section 5.3.1, Table of 
Area Regulations, of the Zoning Bylaw to add the following under "HB": 

Senior Housing Facility from Table 4.2 

MINIMUM REQUIRED LOTS MINIMUM YARDS MAXIMUM PERMITTED 

Area Frontage Width Front Side Rear Height Coverage Structural 

Depth 

(sq/ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (ft) (%) (%) (ft) 

88,000 200 200 100 50 50 35 60 N/A 

4,000 for each additional family more than two 

and, further, to see if the Town will vote to amend Section 4.3, of the Zoning 
Bylaw to add the following new section 4.3.1 1 : 

4.3.11 The Board of Appeals may grant a special permit for a Senior 
Housing Facility where the Board of Appeals finds that, in addition to meeting 
the requirements of Section 5.3.1 and Section 12.4.4, the proposed location 
is appropriate and that the proposed Senior Housing Facility would benefit 
the Town by providing affordable living accommodations for residents of the 
town who are fifty-five years of age or older. Such findings shall include 
without limitation that the Senior Housing Facility shall be in harmony with 
and shall not derogate from the intent and purpose of the Zoning Bylaw and 
shall be visually compatible and harmonious with adjacent properties and 
other property in the district. 

Moved that this article be indefinitely postponed. 
Motion adopted. 



ARTICLE 24: 

To see if the Town will vote to approve and ratify a settlement agreement 
between the Town and Cohasset Heights Ltd, a copy of which is on file with 
the Office of the Town Clerk. 

Moved that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to accept, on behalf of the 
Town, a "Declaration of Restrictions and Covenants", to be executed by 
Cohasset Heights Landfill and/or related entities with respect to the landfill 

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property in the Town and running in favor of the Town, in a form satisfactory 
to the Board of Selectmen to prevent further future solid waste uses of the 
Cohasset Heights Landfill property and adjacent parcels. 

Motion adopted. 

ARTICLE 2: 

To see what additional action the Town will vote to amend, modify, increase 
or decrease, or otherwise, to balance the Fiscal Year 2002 Operating Budget 
as voted in Article 3 of the March 31, 2001 Annual Town Meeting, and to see 
what additional sums the Town will vote to raise and appropriate from 
available funds or otherwise, for the payment of the salaries and 
compensation, expenses, equipment and outlays, capital and otherwise, of 
the several Town Departments, for the current fiscal year. 



Dept. Original Revised Increase/ Decrease 

No. Appropriation Account Appropriation Appropriation 

122 Board of Selectmen 

General Expenses 

$ 64,412.00 $ 84,412.00 $ 20,000.00 

135 Director of Finance 

General Expenses 

$ 24,700.00 $ 29,700.00 $ 5,000.00 

141 Board of Assessors 

General Expenses 

$ 12,255.00 $ 17,255.00 $ 5,000.00 

151 Legal Budget 

General Expenses 

$ 120,000.00 $ 150,000.00 $ 30,000.00 

161 Town Clerk & Elections 

General Expenses 

$ 8,765.00 $ 18.365.00 $ 9,600.00 



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210 Police Department 

Personal Services 

$ 1,348,928.00 $ 1,420,928.00 $ 72,000.00 

General Expenses 

$ 70,975.00 $ 79,275.00 $ 8,300.00 

Cruiser Purchase 

$ 26,000.00 $ 52,000.00 $ 26,000.00 

220 Fire Department 

General Expenses 

$ 112,725.00 $ 141,925.00 $ 29,200.00 



300 Cohasset Public Schools 

Total Cohasset Public Schools 

$1 0, 1 43,555.00 $1 0,243,555.00 $1 00,000.00 



422 Department of Public Works 

General Expenses 

$ 464,120.00 $ 584,120.00 $120,000.00 



440 Sewers 

General Expenses 

$ 797,021.00 $ 579,271.00 ($217,750.00) 



541 Elder Affairs Board 

General Expenses 

$ 27,515.00 $ 33,515.00 $ 6,000.00 



610 Library 



Personal Services 

$ 260.705.00 $ 270.705.00 $ 10.000.00 



Total 

$1 3,481 ,676.00 $1 3,705,026.00 $223,350.00 



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Moved that the Town vote to amend, modify, increase or decrease, or 
otherwise, to balance the Fiscal Year 2002 Operating Budget as voted in 
Article 3 of the March 31, 2001 Annual Town Meeting, by decreasing the 
amount appropriated from taxation and other general revenues of the Town 
by Two Hundred Seventeen Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty ($217,750.00) 
Dollars from Twenty Four Million Seven Hundred Sixty Thousand Five 
Hundred Sixty Eight ($24,760,568.00) Dollars to Twenty Four Million Five 
Hundred Forty Two Thousand Eight Hundred Eighteen ($24,542,818.00) 
Dollars and to transfer the sum of Four Hundred Fifty Nine Thousand Six 
Hundred ($459,600.00) Dollars from Surplus Revenue, for the additional 
payment of the salaries and compensation, expenses, equipment and 
outlays, capital and otherwise, of the several Town Departments, for the 
current fiscal year as follows: 



Dept. Original Revised Increase/ Decrease 

No. Appropriation Account Appropriation Appropriation 



122 Board of Selectmen 

General Expenses 

$ 64,412.00 $ 84,412.00 $ 20,000.00 

135 Director of Finance 

General Expenses 

$ 24,700.00 $ 29,700.00 $ 5,000.00 

141 Board of Assessors 

General Expenses 

$ 12,255.00 $ 17,255.00 $ 5,000.00 

151 Legal Budget 

General Expenses 

$ 120,000.00 $ 198,500.00 $ 48,500.00 



161 Town Clerk & Elections 

General Expenses 

$ 8,765.00 $ 18,365.00 $ 9,600.00 

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210 Police Department 

Personal Services 

$ 1,348,928.00 $ 1,420,928.00 $ 72,000.00 

General Expenses 

$ 70,975.00 $ 79,275.00 $ 8,300.00 

Cruiser Purchase 

$ 26,000.00 $ 52.000.00 $ 26,000.00 

220 Fire Department 

General Expenses 

$ 112,725.00 $ 141,925.00 $ 29,200.00 

300 Cohasset Public Schools 

Total Cohasset Public Schools 

$10,1 43,555.00 $1 0,243,555.00 $1 00,000.00 



422 Department of Public Works 

General Expenses 

$ 464,120.00 $ 584,120.00 $120,000.00 

440 Sewers 

General Expenses 

$ 797,021.00 $ 579,271.00 ($217,750.00) 

541 Elder Affairs Board 

General Expenses 

$ 27,515.00 $ 33,515.00 $ 6,000.00 



610 Library 

Personal Services 

$ 260.705.00 $ 270.705.00 $ 10.000.00 



Total 

$13,481,676.00 $13,723,526.00 $241,850.00 

Amendment offered by Fredericit Koed, Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen. 

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Moved to amend the amount transferred from surplus revenue by 
$30,000.00 from $459,600.00 to $489,600.00. Said amount to be added to 
line item 151 "Legal Budget" for a total amended increase in that line item 
from $48,500.00 to $78,500.00. 

Hand count taken. Yes 140; No 184. Motion to amend is defeated. Main 
motion adopted. 



ARTICLE 3: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of retaining 
architects, engineers or other professional services to develop construction 
drawings and bid documents to construct two ball fields on Town owned 
property located on North Main Street, and known as the "Gravel Pits", and 
to return to the 2002 Annual Town Meeting, or other subsequent Town 
Meeting, for the actual construction funds. 



Moved that Twenty Seven Thousand ($27,000.00) Dollars be appropriated 
from taxation and other general revenues of the Town, to be expended by 
the Town Manager, for the purpose of retaining architects, engineers or other 
professional services to develop construction drawings and bid documents to 
construct two ball fields on Town owned property located on North Main 
Street, and known as the "Gravel Pits", and to return to the 2002 Annual 
Town Meeting, or other subsequent Town Meeting, for the actual 
construction funds. 

Motion adopted. 

At this time, the Moderator recognized Representative Garrett Bradley. 

ARTICLE 5: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, and to transfer a sum or sums of money from the funds appropriated 
pursuant to Article 20 of the March, 1997 Special Town Meeting, Article 3 of 
the December, 1999 Special Town Meeting, Article 17 of the March, 2000 
Annual Town Meeting and from Article 22 of the October, 2000 Special Town 
Meeting for use by the Water Commission to complete water system 
Improvement projects Including, but not limited to the following: (a) 
engineering and constructing the Scituate Hill water storage tank; (b) 
cleaning, inspecting, repairing, sandblasting and painting the Bear Hill water 

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storage tank; (c) cleaning and lining water pipes on Beechwood Street 
between Route 3A and RIvervlew Drive, Summer Street and Elm Street; (d) 
replacing and Installing water pipes on Border Street, Linden Drive and 
Rustic Drive and making other Improvement to the water distribution system; 
(e) repairing the settling basins, replacing the flocculators and other 
improvements to the Lily Pond Water Treatment Plant, Including without 
limitation the repair, replacement and upgrading of the facilities; (f) 
rehabilitating the Elms Meadow and Sohler Street well-fields; and the 
relocation of the Sohier Street well-fields, said funds to be expended only in 
the event such funds are eligible for reimbursement by the Massachusetts 
Bay Transportation Authority; (g) replacing fire hydrants; (h) developing a 
computerized database of the distribution system and watershed areas using 
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer Assisted Drafting 
(CAD) software; (i) replacing valves and gates; (j) repairing, rehabilitating, 
cleaning, lining and Installing or replacing water mains and pipes and making 
other repairs to the water distribution system and water storage tanks; (k) 
conducting water quality monitoring establishing monitoring wells and 
performing studies; (I) acquiring land by gift, purchase or eminent domain to 
protect the sources of public water supply; and, (m) performing other capital 
improvements to the Lily Pond Water Treatment Plant, the water distribution 
system, water storage tanks and/or other Water Department equipment, 
resources or facilities. 



Moved that One Hundred Eleven Thousand Three Hundred Forty Five 
($111,345.00) Dollars be transferred from Article 3 of the December 6. 1999 
Special Town Meeting; and that Eighty Two Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty 
Two ($82,862.00) Dollars be transferred from Article 22 of the October 23, 
2000 Special Town Meeting, and that Nine Hundred Thousand ($900,000.00) 
Dollars be hereby appropriated, for a total sum of One Million Ninety Four 
Thousand Two Hundred Seven ($1,094,207.00) Dollars for the Water 
Commission to complete various water system improvement projects, 
including, but not limited to, Improvements to the Lily Pond Treatment Plant, 
cleaning and lining water pipes, capital maintenance, and other 
improvements to wells, storage tanks and the water distribution system; and 
that, to fund the Nine Hundred Thousand ($900,000.00) appropriation, the 
Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized 
to borrow Six Hundred Fifty Thousand ($650,000.00) Dollars, under and 
pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 8 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as 
amended, and any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds and notes of 
the Town, therefore, such borrowing to be general obligations of the Town 
with the intent that such bonds shall be repaid from Water Department 
Revenues; and furthermore that the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Board of Selectmen, Is hereby authorized to borrow Two Hundred Fifty 
Thousand ($250,000.00) Dollars, under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 
6A of the Massachusetts General Laws, and any other applicable enabling 
authority, for engineering, construction and other costs related to the 



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relocation of the Sohier Street Wells provided that said funds are eligible for 
reimbursement by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 



A 2/3 vote required. 

Motion adopted by the required 2/3's. 

ARTICLE 10: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of retaining 
architects, engineers or other professional services to develop construction 
drawings and bid documents to construct a new Police Station, and to return 
to the 2002 Annual Town Meeting, or other subsequent Town Meeting, for 
the actual construction funds, and, further, to study the needs, including 
renovation and/or relocation of the Fire Station. 

Moved that Two Hundred Forty Thousand ($240,000.00) Dollars be hereby 
appropriated, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of 
retaining architects, engineers or other professional services to develop 
construction drawings and bid documents to construct a new Police Station, 
and to return to the 2002 Annual Town Meeting, or other subsequent Town 
Meeting, for the actual construction funds, and, further, to study the needs, 
including renovation and/or relocation of the Fire Station, and, that to fund 
this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of 
Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow Two Hundred Forty Thousand 
($240,000.00) Dollars, pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the 
Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, 
and to issue bonds or notes of the Town therefore. 

A 2/3 vote required. 

Hand count taken - Yes 171: No 171. 

Motion defeated. 

ARTICLE 11: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article 19, as passed at the 2000 
Annual Town Meeting, by deleting condition number one, and, further, to 
raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow, pursuant 
to any applicable statute, an additional sum or sums of money, to be 
expended by the Town Manager, to increase the appropriation, to design, 
construct, convert, and equip, as a new home for Cohasset's Public Library, 
the former Joseph Osgood Elementary School, located at 35 Ripley Road. 



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Moved that Article 19, as passed at the 2000 Annual Town Meeting, be 
hereby amended by deleting condition number one, and, further, by 
increasing the amount appropriated, and authorized to be borrowed by One 
Million ($1,000,000.00) Dollars from Two Million Nine Hundred Thousand 
($2,900,000.00) Dollars to Three Million Nine Hundred ($3,900,000.00) 
Dollars, to be expended by the Town Manager, to design, construct, convert, 
and equip, as a new home for Cohasset's Public Library, the former Joseph 
Osgood Elementary School, located at 35 Ripley Road. 

A 2/3 vote required. 

Motion adopted by the required 2/3's . 

ARTICLE 14: 



To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts 
General Laws, Chapter 64G, Section 3A, imposing a local room occupancy 
excise tax and that the rate be set at four (4) percent. 

Moved that the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 64G, 
Section 3A, imposing a local room occupancy excise tax be hereby accepted 
for the Town of Cohasset and that the rate be set at four (4) percent. 

Motion defeated. 



ARTICLE 15: 

To see If the Town will vote to approve a plan for improvements to the 
Downtown Village Area as proposed by the Village Revltalizatlon Task Force, 
in conjunction with the Cohasset .Revltalizatlon Corporation, more or less as 
shown on plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk. 

Moved that a plan for improvements to the Downtown Village Area as 
proposed by the Village Revltalizatlon Task Force, in conjunction with the 
Cohasset Revltalizatlon Corporation, more or less as shown on plans on file 
in the Office of the Town Clerk, be hereby approved In concept. 

Motion adopted. 

ARTICLE 17: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 1 1 of the Zoning Bylaws as 
follows: 

to Amend Section 11.1 by inserting the word "ledge" in the first line after the 
word "soil" and before the word "loam"; and, further, by adding the following 
new section 1 1 .3: 



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11.3 Special Provision Regulating Ledge 

a. Purpose. The purpose of this Section 1 1 .3 is to protect and 
preserve natural ledge, which is of natural scenic beauty and 
is one of the unique defining natural characteristics of the 
Town. 

b. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 11.1 and 11.2 
immediately above, no ledge which has a height of eight (8) 
feet or more at any point above ground level on a lot may be 
destroyed, removed or altered in any manner. 

Moved that this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Hand count taken - Yes - 104; No - 80. 
Motion indefinitely postponed. 

ARTICLE 20: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of 
constructing a sidewalk on Forest Avenue, and all related costs, both 
incidental and related thereto, including drainage. 

Moved that One Hundred Thousand ($100,000.00) Dollars be hereby 
appropriated, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of 
constructing a sidewalk on Forest Avenue, and all related costs, both 
incidental and related thereto, including drainage, and, that to fund this 
appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen is 
hereby authorized to borrow One Hundred Thousand ($100,000.00) Dollars, 
pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as 
amended, or any other enabling authority, and to Issue bonds or notes of the 
Town therefore. 



A 2/3 's vote required. 

Motion adopted by the necessary 2/3's. 



ARTICLE 21: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds, and/or borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of 
money, to be expended by the Town Manager, for consultant services and all 
related costs, to assist in the completion of the Master Plan and the 
development of specific master plan elements. 

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Moved that Sixty Thousand ($60,000.00) Dollars be appropriated from 
taxation and other general revenues of the Town, to be expended by the 
Town Manager, for consultant services and all related costs, to assist in the 
completion of the Master Plan and the development of specific master plan 
elements. 

Motion adopted. 

ARTICLE 22: 

To see If the Town will vote to amend Section 1 2 of the Zoning Bylaws of the 
Town of Cohasset be hereby amended by adding a new Section 12.7, as 
follows: 

12.7. Interim Growth Rate. 

(1) Intent and purpose. 

This Section 12.7 is adopted pursuant to Article 89 of the Massachusetts 
Constitution and pursuant to Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General 
Laws, for the following purposes: 

(a) to ensure that residential growth occurs in an orderly manner, 
consistent with recent average growth rates, so that the local 
economy can be insulated from large year-to-year variations in the 
development rate; 

(b) to ensure that the Town can continue to provide adequate municipal 
services and ministerial support to new residential development, and 
to allow for orderly planning for infrastructure and other community 
investment, while at the same time allowing for reasonable 
residential growth; 

(c) to provide the Town with reasonable time to study the effect of 
residential growth on the municipality's infrastructure, character, 
municipal services and fragile natural environment and to guard 
against short-term patterns that may be inconsistent with or impede 
effective implementation of the Town's anticipated new Master Plan; 

(d) to preserve and enhance the unique and perishable qualities of the 
Town, including the historic community character and the natural 
environment. 

(2) Applicability, effect and definitions. . 

(a) For the purposes of computing the annual number of building permits 
for new dwellings in calendar year 2002, the effective date of this 

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amendment shall be January 1, 2002, but no building permit for a 
new dwelling unit or units shall be issued after the date of adoption 
unless in accordance with the requirements of this Section 12.7, or 
unless exempted by Section 12.7(4) herein; 

(b) This Section 12.7 will remain in effect until expressly amended or 
repealed by action of Town Meeting, or until December 31, 2003, 
whichever occurs first; and 

(c) For the purposes of this Section 12.7, the following terms shall have 
the following meaning: 



[1] "Interim growth rate limit" shall mean the maximum 
number of building permits for new dwellings or dwelling 
units that may be authorized in a one-year period, which 
period shall be based on the calendar year, and which shall 
be 20 permits in 2002, and 20 permits in 2003; provided that, 
such applications are made to the Building Inspector; and 
provided that, said applications for building permits comply 
with all applicable requirements of law; and 

[2] "Development" shall mean a single parcel or set of 
contiguous parcels of land held in common ownership at any 
time on or after the date of adoption of this Section 12.7, for 
which one or more building permits will be sought. 

(3) Interim Growth Rates. 

(a) Whenever the number of building permits issued for new dwellings or 
dwelling units equals the applicable interim growth rate limit, 
thereafter the Building Inspector shall not Issue building permits for 
any additional dwellings or dwelling units unless such dwellings or 
dwelling units are exempt from the provisions of this Section 12.7 
pursuant to Section 12.7 (4) below; 

(b) Proposed dwellings or dwelling units for which building permits are 
issued, but subsequently abandoned under the provisions of the 
State Building Code, shall not be counted in computing the 

• applicable interim growth rate limit; and 

(c) The Building Inspector shall not authorize more than one dwelling to 
be constructed on a lot at a time; and a building permit for a new 
dwelling which Is a second dwelling on a lot shall not be issued prior 
to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the first dwelling. 
This restriction shall not prohibit the issuance of a building permit for 
multiple dwelling units within a building such as a duplex; nor shall it 



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apply to the construction of dwellings on a lot which, together, have a 
total ground cover of less than 3000 SF. 

(4) Exemptions. 

(a) Building permits for dwellings and dwelling units to be constructed 
within any subdivision approved under the Subdivision Control Law, 
General Laws, c. 41, Section 81 K, et seq., during the exemption 
period provided in General Laws, Chapter 40A, Section 6 are 
specifically exempt from the interim growth rate provisions of this 
Section 12.7; 

(b) The provisions of this Section 12.7 shall not apply to any application 
for a building permit for the enlargement, restoration or 
reconstruction of a dwelling in existence as of the effective date of 
this Section 12.7, provided that no additional residential dwelling unit 
is created; and 

(c) The provisions of this Subsection 12.7 shall not apply to dwelling 
units constructed or sponsored by the Cohasset Housing Authority, 
or a nonprofit entity, or the Town of Cohasset, to be maintained as 
affordable housing, or housing exclusively for elderly or disabled 
residents. 

(5) Procedures. 

The Building Inspector shall utilize the following procedures for issuing 
building permits for nonexempt permits under the interim growth rate limit: 

(a) Building permits for dwelling units exempt under the provisions of 
Section 12.7 (4) shall be issued in accordance with the time periods 
set forth in the State Building Code, provided that they otherwise 
comply with all applicable requirements of law; 



(b) One-twelfth (1/12) of the number of applications for nonexempt 
building permits authorized annually by Section 12.7(2)(c)[1] shall be 
issued in equal amounts on or about the first day of each month. 
Such nonexempt building permits shall be issued in the order 
applications are received, based upon the date and time that the 
applications are received, starting with the earliest application 
received. 

(6) Zoning change protection. 

Any protection against zoning changes provided by General Laws, c. 40A, 
Section 6, shall be extended to the earliest date on which the final unit in the 
development could be authorized under this Section 12.7. 

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(8) Severability. 

The provisions of this Section 12.7 are hereby declared severable and If any 
provision shall be held invalid or unconstitutional, it shall not be construed to 
affect the validity or constitutionality of any of the remaining provisions of this 
by-law. 

Moved that this article be indefinitely postponed. 
Motion adopted. 

ARTICLE 25: 

To see if the Town will vote to abate all sewer fees and sewer assessments 
for the Cohasset Historical Society Museums; the Wilson House and the 
Maritime Museum. 

CITIZENS' PETITION 

NAME ADDRESS NAME ADDRESS 

John P. Reardon, Jr. 78 Elm Street Mildred L. Naun 184 Atlantic Avenue 

George Roukounakis 99 Doane Street Sarah Murphy 90 Old Pasture Road 

Judith E. Fitzsimmons 116 Doane Street Edvia M. Yocum 25 Pleasant Street 

Martha E. Hurtig 58 Gammons Road Carol Barrett 156 Linden Road 

Mary S. Edmonds 76 Pond Street Jean C. Bailey 308 King Street 

Moved that sewer fees and sewer assessments for the Cohasset Historical 
Society Museums; the Wilson House and the Maritime Museum be 
suspended in accordance with a certain covenant dated October 2001. 

Amendment offered by Sean Cunning. 

To see if the Town will vote to suspend all sewer fees and sewer 
assessments for the Cohasset Historical Society Museums; the Wilson and 
the Maritime Museum; based on entering into a restrictive deed covenant 
satisfactory to the Sewer Commission and the Historical Society. 

Motion to amend Is adopted. Main motion as amended adopted 
unanimously. 

It was moved and seconded that this Special Town Meeting be dissolved at 
11:37 p.m. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 
Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 

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VITAL STATISTICS 



BIRTHS NOT PREVIOUSLY REPORTED 2000 



DATE NAME OF CHILD 



DECEMBER 


2 


Claire 1. Budzik 


2 


Henry J. Murphy 


5 


Sean M. Krupa 


13 


Anne F. Pyne 


18 


John F. Rooney 


19 


Hannah M. Laugelle 


20 


Henry G. Betts 


27 


Michael J. Glinski, Jr. 


31 


Leah A. Fredey 



PARENTS (MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME^ 



Ronald & Amy Budzik (Arnett) 
Brian & Laura Murphy (Young) 
Jeffrey & Kathleen Krupa (Knox) 
Christopher & Rebecca Pyne (Palmer) 
James Rooney & Fidelma L. FItzpatrick 
Peter G. & Julie Laugelle (Williams) 
Michael & Diana Betts (Frankfurter) 
Michael & Deborah Glinski (Duffy) 
Steven & Tracey Fredey (Coughlin) 



BIRTHS FOR THE YEAR 2001 



DATE NAME OF CHILD 



PARENTS (MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME^ 



JANUARY 

1 Nicholas John Ryan 

2 Samantha Elizabeth Naples 
7 Jake Stephen Allen 

10 Desmond Orion Herzfelder 

10 Joseph Gregg Suzedell 

16 Henry Vincent Sherbrooke 

20 Kate Brigitte Nee 

24 Scott Francis Lucitt 

24 Matthew Edmond Lucitt 

.26 Jackson Lee Evans Stone 

28 Rebecca Leigh Church 



John & Kristin Ryan (Oberg) 
John & Kathleen Naples (Lord) 
Christopher & MIcheld Allen (Verge) 
Bruce Herzfelder & Ellen Roy 
Eugene & Bemadette Suzedell 
Patrick & Katherine Sherbrooke 
(Apruzzese) 

Coleman & Karyn Nee (Swain) 
Stephen & Ann Lucitt (Doucette) 
Stephen & Ann Lucitt (Doucette) 
Lee & Laura Stone (Evans) 
Andrew & Regina Church (Carlo) 



FEBRUARY 

I Christopher Charles Furtado 

3 Mark Garrett Mahoney 

6 Thomas Higgins Broderick 

I I Matthew Anthony Lund 
12 Henry McKean Thomas 
12 Nathaniel O'Brien Thomas 
12 Jack Adams Vater 

12 Torey Peter Vater 

12 Elizabeth Rose Vater 

14 Emily Morgan Ryan 

21 Margaret Galloway Young 

22 Maxwell Cole Borek 
22 Conor Shea Borek 



Charles & Michelle Furtado 
(Panarelli) 

Joseph & Shelly Mahoney (Winnert) 
Matthew & Kathleen Broderick (Higgins) 
Christopher & Cheryl Lund (Cresta) 
Robert & Caroline Thomas (O'Brien) 
Robert & Caroline Thomas (O'Brien) 
Alan & Christina Vater (Ciano) 
Alan & Christina Vater (Ciano) 
Alan & Christina Vater (Ciano) 
Jason & Elizabeth Ryan (Norte) 
Philip & Sarah young (Estepp) 
Michael & Sarah Borek (Atkinson) 
Michael & Sarah Borek (Atkinson) 



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DATE 


NAME OF CHILD 


22 


Samuel Edward Borek 


25 


Alaya Love Kerr 


26 


Bradley Anderson Albanese 


27 


Ann Catherine Toomey 


MARCH 


3 


Cole Michael Speer 


6 


Henry Douglas Dublel 


10 


Benjamin Robert Bernsee 


11 


John Keppel Albright 


15 


Christopher William Campedelli 


15 


Dean Patrick Spicer 


APRIL 




3 


Joshua Robert Cohen 


4 


Nicolas Robert Stavis 


7 


Nathaniel Boomer Arnold 


12 


Jane Louise Cavanaro 


13 


Charlotte Carr Purdy 


17 


Georgie Mae Snow 


18 


Elizabeth Beverly Donahue 


27 


Sophie Ann Swartwood 


28 


Odysseus Christos Deligiannidis 


29 


Courtney Beth Shanley 


30 


Elizabeth Martha Arnold 


30 


Alexander Nicholas Demurias 


MAY 




1 


Kevin Joseph Perrone 


6 


Mason Grant McAdams 


11 


Benjamin Marshall Burnham 


14 


Seth Christian Connors 


14 


Diana Luckett Sturdy 


15 


Maeve Elizabeth Humphrey 


15 


Amber Elizabeth McGee 


15 


Brooke Olivia McGee 


20 


Steven Christopher Densmore 


20 


Thomas Hamilton Marshman 


21 


Gabriel Alexander Gomez 


26 


Cammach Yates Whiton Shepler 


27 


Matthew J. Wolfe 


29 


Christopher A. Longo 


JUNE 




1 


Jared Harrison Nash 


6 


Terence David Faherty 


15 


John Willis Conley 


18 


Bradley Loren Taber 


23 


Benjamin William Grimes 



PARENTS (MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME) 

Michael & Sarah Borek (Atkinson) 
Gregory & Barbara Kerr (Freisleder) 
Gregory & Kimberly Albanese (Majury) 
Thomas & Elizabeth Toomey (McCooe) 



Robert & Nora Speer (Jesionowski) 
Douglas & Maria Dubiel (Willmore) 
Brice & Sarah Bernsee (Murphy) 
Aaron & Elizabeth Albright (Stack) 
Louis & Beryl Campedelli (Darrach) 
Thomas & Kimberly Spicer (Hillenberg) 



Gregory & Tracilee Cohen (Arnold)) 
Jonathan & Judith Stavis (Zeikel) 
Ethan & Helen Arnold (Nunes) 
John & Sandra Cayanaro (Griffith) 
Edward & Amy Purdy (Jessup) 
Michael & Jacqueline Snow (Anderson)) 
Matthew & Kelly Grech (Tiemey) 
Alexander & Cynthia Swartwood (Cutler) 
Christos & Fill Deligiannidis 
Matthew & Rhonda Shanley (Kallman) 
Christopher & Heidi Arnold (Devries) 
Christopher & Jean Demurias 
(Albanese) 

Marc & Jeanine Perrone (Buckley) 
Todd & Pamela McAdams (Ainslie) 
Robert & Carson Bumham (Gregory) 
Brian & Patricia Connors (Missett) 
Charles & Anastasia Sturdy (Pierce) 
Paul & Laura Humphrey 
Chad & Renee McGee (Bellew) 
Chad & Renee McGee (Bellew) 
Wayne & Kathleen Densmore (Cahlll) 
Todd & Pamela Marshman (Brandon) 
Gabriel & Sarah Gomez (Hall) 
Christopher & Katherine Shepler (Hill) 
Burton & Caroline Wolfe (Klier) 
Vincent & Tracy Longo (Patton) 



Philip & Joy Nash (DItmar) 
Terence & Maureen Faherty (Driscoll) 
William & Doreen Conley (Bingham) 
Mark & Karen Taber (Karabin) 
William & Victoria Grimes (Kelley) 



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DATE 


NAME OF CHILD F 


25 


Madison Elizabeth Ahem 


25 


Samuel Joseph Lampert 


JULY 




9 
10 


Elizabeth Pringle Bernstein 
Eleanor Dearabom Dunn 


12 


Phoebe Minster Kahn 


12 


Gabriella Mia Sestito 


17 


Luke Owens Adams 


AUGUST 


3 
6 


Bridget B. Osten 
Elizabeth J. Hansen 


15 
21 


Timothy R. Durkin 
Lauren M. Farren 


28 


Bridget A. Burke 


SEPTEMBER 


6 
6 
7 
8 


Stephen R. Martell 
Daniel Joseph O'Donnell, Jr. 
Christopher T. Hernan 
Jason M. ConfortI 


11 


Tucker J. Fulton 


14 


Charles E. Cunningham 


15 


Nathaniel R. Fraser 


15 
27 
28 


Austin P. Tarpey 
Ian D. Appleby 
Jenna L. Herman 


29 


Natalie G. Maher 


OCTOBER 


4 


Samantha E. Keenan 


10 


Kevin P. Gibbons 


13 


William J. Tuck 


19 


Anna C. Thomas 


19 
19 


Regan E. Thomas 
Andrew J. Walsh 


25 
30 


Declan Dennott McHugh 
John R. Kimball 



PARENTS (MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME^ 

Daniel & Christine Ahem (Keddy) 
Jeffrey & Lisa Lampert (Rubenstein) 



Robert & Logan Bernstein (Debutts) 
Vincent & Kathryn Dunn (Kilchensteln) 
Michael & Elizabeth Kahn (Dan-ow) 
Joseph & Lillian Sestito (Carbone) 
Paul & Molly Adams (Owen) 



John & Amy Osten (Plunkett) 
Thomas & Kathleen Hansen (Shepherd 
Robert & Laurie Durkin (Catino) 
James & Nancy Farren (Gardikas) 
David & Anne Burke (O'Leary) 



David & Roberta Martell (Meallo) 
Daniel & Karen O'Donnell (Schell) 

John & Cynthia Hernan (Whalen) 
Keith & Joyce ConfortI (Whitman) 
David & Lisa Fulton (Heimarck) 
Matthew & Patricia Cunningham 
(Lipschultz) 

Scott & Maria Fraser (Bonanno) 
Kevin & Helen Tarpey (Murrin) 
Mark & Michelle Appleby (Devoir) 
Charles & Jeri Herman (Silberman) 

Edward & Jennifer Maher (McAulay) 



Joseph & Lynne Keenan (Verrochi) 
Devin & Janine Gibbons (Kozowyk) 
Adrian & Lucy Tuck (Simmonds) 
Kevin & Tracy Thomas (Echlin) 
Kevin & Tracy Thomas (Echlin) 
Michael & Katharine Walsh (Kababik) 
Paul & Sue McHugh (Morash) 
John & Heidi Kimball (Schoenberger) 



NOVEMBER 

4 Megan C. Desmond 

17 Ryan T. Gentile 

21 Sydney N. Langenhagen 



Lawrence & Maria Desmond (Cahlll) 
Michael & Kathryn Gentile (SzafranskI) 
Conrad & Lori Langenhagen (Hultman) 



DECEMBER 

1 Samuel F. Fox 

9 Graves P. Thomas 



12 



Brianna D. Picot 



Bernhard & Nancy Fox (Hastings) 

Bradford & Deborah Thomas 

(Leckonby) 

Mark & Diane PIcot (Salvatore) 



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MARRIAGES — 2001 



April 7, in Cohasset, James A. DiNardo and Denee M. Hammonds of 
Cohasset, married by Joan M. Cellini, Justice of the Peace. 

April 15, in Hull, George A Cordeiro and Elizabeth S. Bastos of Cohasset, 
married by Joan M. Cellini, Justice of the Peace. 

May 5, in Cohasset, Shawn D. Dufour and Karen M. Biscoe of Cohasset, 
married by John M. Gallop, Episcopal Priest. 

May 5, In Cohasset, John C. Fox and Sara R. Tague of Cohasset, married by 
Kevin J. O'Leary, Catholic Priest. 

May 5, in Cohasset, Christopher H. McCann and Kristin J. Grassey of Cary, 
NC, married by Gary A. Ritts, Clergy. 

May 12, in Marshfleld, Robert G. Milton and Annette M. Figueiredo of 
Cohasset, married by Ellen R. Townsend, High Priestess 

May 19, in Cohasset, Steven Clfrino and Patricia K. White of Marshfleld, 
married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

May 19, in Cohasset, Michael D. Hubley and Michele D. Abbruzzese of 
Cohasset, married by Gary A. Ritts, Clergy. 

May 19, in Scituate, Jack A. Slle and Robin L. DeVito of Solana Beach, CA, 
married by John M. Gallop, Episcopal Priest. 

May 24, in Nantucket, Joseph J. Laprise and Pauline A. McKee of Cohasset, 
married by Edward B. Anderson, Clergy. 

May 26, in Quincy, Derek A. Lincoln and Carrie A. Butruccio of Weymouth, 
married by James E. Robertson, Priest. 

June 2, in Barnstable, Richard D. Hosp and Joan T. McCormick of Cohasset, 
married by Thomas L. Rita, Priest. 

June 2, in Hingham, Eric N. Peterson and Cynthia D. Grilli of San Diego, CA 
married by Richard Bourgegois, Priest. 

June 9, in Cohasset, Martin A. Nee and Helen V. Bryntesson of Cohasset, 
married by Eric A. Norgard, Member of the Clergy. 



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June 22, in Cohasset, Wigmore A. Pierson and Mary M. Hochkeppel of 
Cohasset, married by Gary A Ritts, Clergy. 

June 22, in Coiiasset, John M. Reddie and Carrie Anderson of Cohasset, 
married by Michael R. Leduc, Member of the Clergy. 

June 23, in HIngham, Lawrence M. Cohen and Heather N. Lyons of 
Cohasset, married by James B. Lampke, Justice of the Peace. 

June 23, in Cohasset, John M. Inferrera and Sarah A. Douglas of Cohasset, 
married by Robert L.. Campbell, Member of the Clergy. 

June 30, in Cohasset, Thomas L. Beyer and Deirdre A. Calardo of Cohasset, 
married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

July 1, in Cohasset, Francesco Catanzaro and Elizabeth Allan of Arlington, 
VA, married by Virginia M. Allan, Officiant. 

July 7, in Orleans, Jeffrey R. Grossman and Christina Flint of Cohasset, 
married by Raphael Grossman, Officiant. 

July 14, in Cohasset, David E. Strom and Elena M. Avila of Conifer, CO, 
married by Joan M.C. Cellini, Justice of the Peace. 

July 14, in Cohasset, Neil R. Sullivan and Susan E. Ciciotte of Boulder, CO, 
married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

July 30, in Cohasset, Christopher J. Igo and Laurie A. Pepi of Cohasset, 
married by Donna M. Cunio, Justice of the Peace. 

August 4, in Danvers, Daniel P. Bradley and Leah C. Petrakis of Tampa FL, 
married by Gail S. Seavey, Unitarian Universalist Minister. 

August 4, in Cohasset, Anthony A. Hrivnak of Pembroke and Christy J. 
Morde of Cohasset, married by Donna M. Cunio, Member of the Clergy. 

August 4, in Cohasset, Arthur P. White of Cohasset and Inna Raiskin of New 
York, NY, married by Sally. Finestone, Rabbi. 

August 4, in Cohasset, Gary C. Brison, Jr. and KerrI J. Miele of Atlanta, GA, 
married by E. Clifford Cutler, Priest. 

August 11, in Cohasset, Armenio A. Campos and Maureen C. O'Leary of 
Cohasset, married by Michael J. McFadden, Priest. 

August 25, in Cohasset, Brendan L. McCarthy and Melanie A. Hampson of 
Cohasset, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 



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August 25, in Cohasset, Robert G. Mullen and Tara N. Tradd of Plymouth, 
married by Maureen B. Kiely, Justice of tlie Peace. 

August 25, in Cohasset, Peter L. Workman and Stefenie B. Thieleman of 
Cohasset, married by Kenneth H. Read-Brown, Member of the Clergy. 

September 2, in Cohasset, Tucker L. Hansen and Megan Terry of Chicago, 
IL, married by Jennifer Justice, Clergy. 

September 6, in Marshfield, Dale R. Reynolds and Rebecca A. Miller of 
Staunton, VA, married by Lorrie Dunham-Bergmann, Clergy. 

September 17, in Cohasset, Kevin M. Mclnerney and Jennifer Horan of 
Brighton, married by Jennifer Justice, Clergy. 

September 29, in Cohasset, David A. Hassan and Jane M. Johnson of 
Cohasset, married by Judy S. Wilson, Notary Public. 

September 29, in Cohasset, Jeffrey A. Meyer and Alice M. Cuthbert of 
Belton, MO, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

October 6, in Cohasset, John J. Sweet of Plymouth and Jean B. Bailey of 
Cohasset, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

October 13, in Hingham, Brian A. Fernald and Ulrlke Herre of Cohasset, 
married by Kenneth H. Read-Brown, member of the Clergy. 

October 20, in Cohasset, George A. Aliperti and Emily H. Shannon of 
Astoria, NY, married by Raymond A. Low, Priest. 

October 20, in Weymouth, Christopher R. Courtney and Cynthia L. Caruso of 
Brockton, married by Gloria Carlson, Clergy. 

October 27, in Scituate, Jeffrey J. Janson of Framingham and Kathleen M. 
Quist of Cohasset, married by Eugene P. McNamara, Priest. 

November 10, in Cohasset, Jesse E. Richards and Amy E. Birsner of 
Scituate, married by Jennifer Justice, Clergy. 

December 1, in Cohasset, William Ladd of Winchester, NH and Eleanor 
Williams of Cohasset, married by Gary A. RItts, Clergy. 



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DEATHS FOR THE YEAR 2001 



DATE 




NAME 


AGE 


JANUARY 






1 




Anthony F. Fasciano 


65 


2 




Romona M. Friel 


85 


2 




Dennis W. Kuntz 


65 


10 




Olga A. Dellorfano 


89 - 


14 




Mildred E. Colclough 


88 


17 




Robert F. Stanton 


49 


18 




Allan A. Malcolm 


93 


22 




Francis M. Chase 


80 


FEBRUARY 






5 




Agnes W. Mauriello 


83 


21 




Rosemary A. Laugelle 


67 


22 




Ruth Prudden 


69 


27 




Helen McClay 


83 


MARCH 






6 




Edward J. Cadigan 


89 


13 




Ruth L. Hudson 


99 


16 




Merritt A. Clegg 


101 


APRIL 








5 




Maria T. Panetta 


70 


9 




Laurence S. James 


53 


20 




Florence E. Sherman 


81 


23 




Anthony J. Lucas 


84 


27 




Arlene 1. Judge 


64 


MAY 








8 




Evelyn V. Catalano 


76 


8 




Gertrude Waldfogel 


72 


12 




Winifred M. Mulligan 


90 


26 




John A. Marino 


79 


26 




Lawrence A. Willwerth, Jr. 


81 


29 




Paul A. Nash 


82 


JUNE 








3 


Francis A. Bulger 


78 


7 


William A. Bennett, Jr. 


80 


10 


Roger C. Porter 


65 


13 


Mary J 


. Jason 


88 


18 


LynM. 


Baxter 


54 



136 



JULY 




3 


Mary B. Williams 


7 


Russell H. Yeager, Jr. 


9 


Edith C. Hagar 


13 


Robert P. Campbell 


14 


Dana Salvador 


21 


Mary A. Monteiro 


24 


Norman P. Anderson 


AUGUST 


3 


Joseph F. CIrigliano 


13 


Giustlna Saldi 


16 


John G. Niemann 


21 


Marie J. Blante 


28 


Edith Cromie 


31 


Joseph R. Cabral 


SEPTEMBER 


1 


William G. O'Connell Jr. 


3 


Gertrude E. Young 


6 


Samuel F. Esposito 


6 


Nellie M. Ulanowski 


7 


Leonard Lawrence 


9 


Anna C. Bartlett 


22 


David S. Bogart 


22 


Helen D. Fazio 


25 


Clara Daru 


25 


Susie Regina Dunlap 


28 


Madonna E. Mulrey 


29 


Julia M. Dormitzer 


OCTOBER 


2 


Beatrice Chessler 


4 


Vito Gulli 


5 


Grace C. Carey 


6 


Jean B. Cotton 


10 


Anne Law 


11 


Robert T. Chase 


12 


Anna G. Judge 


16 


D. James McKinnell 


21 


Susan E. Reardon 


21 


Margaret E. Taylor 


28 


John H. Mullett 


30 


Marion A. Lawler 



82 

69 

100 

78 

44 

95 

76 



81 
74 
88 
88 
89 
89 



85 
98 
65 
89 
93 
74 
66 
85 
86 
93 
81 
89 



97 
102 
84 
87 
86 
65 
93 
76 
57 
85 
85 
88 



137 



NOVEMBER 




4 


Norma P. Young 


4 


Mauran S. Pearce Jr 


4 


Josephine A. Lee 


5 


Ronald W. Owen 


22 


Helen Nash 


26 


Frederick Garrison 


30 


Rose M. DeMello 


DECEMBER 




2 


Karl E. Danielson 


29 


Alfred G. Odermatt 



79 
83 
85 
87 
81 
86 
85 



89 
90 



138 



ELECTION OFFICERS FOR THE YEAR 2001 



The Board of Selectmen appointed the following individuals Election 
Workers for the year 2001 : 



REPUBLICANS 

Ira Stoughton 
Margaret H. Stoughton 
Grace R. Tuckerman 
Terese D'Urso 
Margaret O'Donnell 
Donna O'Donnell 



DEMOCRATS 

Janice M. Rosano 
Carol Barrett 
Robert Davenport 
Anthony Finegan 
Ronald Goodwin 
Peggy Hassan 



Katherlne M. Lincoln 
Louise Flint 
Avis Sweeney 
Arthur Lehr 
Janet MacLure 
Jeanne Quigley 



Lisa Hewitt 
Susan Kent 
Patricia Lauglle 
Donna McGee 
Linda Nash 



139 



PROSPECTIVE JUROR LIST 

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 234A, Section 15, the 
Prospective Juror List is available in the Town Clerk's office with the names 
of those residents who may be summoned for juror service. 
This information is available for public inspection during normal office hours. 

Respectfully submitted, 



Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



140 



TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

Submitted herewith is my amiual report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001. 
This report includes the following: 

GENERAL FUND 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 

4. Statement of Revenues, Budget vs. Actual 

5. Statement of State and County Assessments 
SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2, Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance, 
Town Special Revenue Funds 

. 3- Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance, 
School Special Revenue Funds 
SEWER FUND 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 
WATER FUND 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Retained Earnings 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 
CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 
TRUST FUNDS 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 
LONG TERM DEBT GROUP OF ACCOUNTS 

1. Statement of Long Term Debt 

2. Statement of Debt Authorized and Unissued 
OTHER REPORTS 

1 . Reconciliation of Cash Accounts 

2. Free Cash Calculation 

3. Schedule of Reserve Fund Transfers 

4. Schedule of Wages and Salaries Paid 

Respectfully Submitted, 

J. Michael Buckley 

Director of Finance/Town Accountant 



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GENERAL FUND 
FISCAL YEAR 2001 

Revenue: 

Property Taxes 1 6,21 6,727 

State Aid 2,558,914 

Excise Taxes 1,144,164 

Otiier Local Receipts 2,470,337 



Total Revenue 22,390,142 

Less: 



Fxpenditures: 
General Government 


1,371,526 




Public Safety 


3,158,418 




Schools 


9,435,271 




Public Works 


1,666,112 




Public Health 


78,466 




Human Services 


172,891 




Culture & Recreation 


414,328 




Debt Service 


2.442,384 




Employee Benefits & Insurance 


1,976,827 




State and County Assessments 


647.125 




Total Expenditures 




21,363,348 


Encumbrances: 






Encumbrances 


308,626 




Continued Appropriations 


319,107 




Reserve For Expenditure (FY02) 


230,072 




Encumbrances-Prior Year 


(450,387) 




Total Encumbrances 




407.418 


Other Financing Sources(Uses) 






Operating Transfers In 


131,025 




Operating Transfers Out 


(126,375) 




Snow Deficit Adjustment (net) 


51,122 




Miscellaneous Adjustments 


(20) 





Total Financing Sources(Uses) 55,752 

Excess of Revenues Over Expenditures 675.128 

Unreserved Fund Balance July 1 , 2000 1,1 14,001 



Unreserved Fund Balance June 30. 2001 $1 .789,129 



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BUDGET VS. ACTUAL 





Estimated 


Actual 


Account 


Charges 


Charges 


County Tax 


$72,783 


$72,783 


Motor Vehicle Excise Bills 





2,570 


Registry Non Renewals 





2,570 


Retired Teachers Health Insurance 


310,090 


310,090 


Mosquito Control Project 


21,283 


21,283 


Air Pollution Control 


2,566 


2,566 . 


Metro Area Planning Council 


1,775 


1,775 


Mass Bay Transit Authority 


160,538 


160,538 


Charter Schools 





72,950 


Totals 


$569,035 

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$647,125 



152 



GENERAL FUND REVENUE 
BUDGET VS. ACTUAL 



BUDGET 



ACTUAL 



VARIANCE 



% 

COLLECTED 



TAX LEVY 


15,962,817 


15,807,330 


(155.487) 




Real Estate 


99.0% 


Personal Property 


160,315 


160.950 


635 


100.4% 


Tax Liens 





173,680 


173,680 


- 


Tax Possessions 





2,934 


2,934 


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Defen-ed Tax 





71,833 


71.833 


- 


Total Tax Levy 


16,123,132 


16.216.727 


93,595 


100.6% 


STATE AID 


1,327.934 


1,327,934 







School Chapter 70 


100.0% 


Additional Assistance 


209,013 


209,013 





100.0% 


School Transportation 


66,219 


40,955 


(25,264) 


61.8% 


School Construction 


503,700 


503,700 





100.0% 


Highway Fund 


34,765 


34,765 





100.0% 


Lottery 


409.154 


435,824 


26,670 


106.5% 


Veterans' Exemptions 


10,712 





(10,712) 


0.0% 


Elderly Exemptions 


4,016 


5,522 


1,506 


137.5% 


State Owned Land 


1,186 


1,186 





100.0% 


Miscellaneous 





15 


15 


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Total State Aid 


2,566,699 


2,558,914 


(7,785) 


99.7% 



LOCAL RECEIPTS 


824,160 


1,135,920 


311.760 . 




Motor Vehicle Excise 


137.8% 


Boat Excise 


6,000 


8,244 


2,244 


137.4% 


Betterments - North Sewer 


129,785 


189,364 


59,579 


145.9% 


Betterments - Central Sewer 


275,000 


772,449 


497,449 


280.9% 


Penalty & Interest on Taxes 










Property Taxes 


29,700 


41,145 


11.445 


138.5% 


Liens 


21,400 


72,564 


51.164 


339.1% 


Excise 


4,900 


4,907 


7 


100.1% 


R.T.F. Sticl<ers 


152,000 


117,467 


(34.533) 


77.3% 


Trash Bags 





7,210 


7,210 


- 



153 



GENERAL FUND REVENUE 
BUDGET VS. ACTUAL 





BUDGET 


ACTUAL 


VARIANCE 


% 
COLLECTED 


Fees 










Board of Selectmen 


3,000 


3,338 


338 


1.11.3% 


Town Clerk 


10,000 


7,981 


(2,019) 


79.8% 


Treasurer/Collector 


22,000 


23,053 


1,053 


104.8% 


Assessors 


300 


2,439 


2,139 


813.0% 


ZBA 


3,000 


2.559 


(441) 


85.3% 


Planning Board 


2.000 


4.598 


2,598 


229.9% 


Conservation Commission 


7,000 


4,366 


(2,635) 


62.4% 


Police Dept 


11,700 


14,878 


3,178 


127.2% 


Ambulance 


125.000 


184.093 


59,093 


147.3% 


Fire Department Other 


4,500 


4.886 


386 


108.6% 


Weights & Measures 


500 


947 


447 


189.4% 


Animal Control 


300 


30 


(270) 


10.0% 


Recycling 


7,200 


18.659 


11,459 


259.2% 


Public Works 


500 


140 


(360) 


28.0% 


Transfer Station Fees 


3,000 


2,159 


(841) 


72.0% 


Library Fees 


2,000 


4,182 


2,182 


209.1% 


Cemetery Fees 


5.200 


23.393 


18.193 


449.9% 


Recreation Fees 


37.000 


52.226 


15,226 


141.2% 


In Lieu of Tax 


0. 


1,290 


1.290 


- 


Licenses & Pennits 










Facilities (Beach Stickers) 


20.000 


" 10.634 


(9,366) 


53.2% 


Board Of Health 


30.000 


29.083 


(917) 


96.9% 


Building 


71,300 


94.161 


22,861 


132.1% 


Plumbing 


7.000 


10.014 


3,014 


143.1% 


Gas 


4,000 


3,818 


(182) 


95.5% 


Electrical 


10,000 


14,612 


4,612 


146.1% 


Dog 


7.000 


7,590 


590 


108.4% 


Alcoholic Beverage 


16.000 


17,485 


1,485 


109.3% 


Selectmen Other 


3.000 


4,306 


1.306 


143.5% 


Selectmen Road Openings 


300 


225 


(75) 


75.0% 


Unclassified 





867 


867 


- 


Insurance Refunds 





1,273 


1.273 


- 


Fines & Forfeits 










Parking 


21.000 


23,647 


2.647 


112.6% 


Court Fines 


5,000 


13,071 


8,071 


261.4% 


Registry Fines 


22,000 


23,160 


1.160 


105.3% 


Unclaimed Checks 





7,786 


7,786 


- 


Investment Income 


200,000 


594,151 


394,151 


297.1% 


Harbor Fees 


42,000 


54,134 


12.134 


128.9% 


Total Local Receipts 


2,145,745 


3,614,501 


1.468.756 


168.4% 



General Fund Totals 20,835,576 22,390,142 1,554,566 107.5% 



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STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES, AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 

Revenue:* 

User Charges 
Sewer Liens 
Miscellaneous Revenue 
State Rate Relief Assistance 

Total Revenue 

Expenditures 
Encumbrances 
Transfer to General Fund 

Total Expenditures & Encumbrances 

Excess of Revenue Over Expenditures 

Undesignated Fund Balance July 1, 2000 

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Operating Deficit 

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Undesignated Fund Balance June 30, 2001 

*Cash Basis 



123,964 

5,130 

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13,781 






143,403 


258,774 

16,118 








(274,893) 




(131,490) 









24,493 





(106,997) 




106,997 






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WATER SPECIAL REVENUE FUND 
STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 



Revenue:* 



User Charges 
Water Liens 
Water Fees 
Penalties & Interest 
State Reimbursements 
Hydrants Charges 

Total Revenue 

Expenditures 
Encumbrances 

Total Expenditures & Encumbrances 

Excess of Revenue Over Expenditures 

Retained Earnings July 1, 2000 

Add: Prior year Encumbrances Closed 
Less:Transfer to Capital Fund 

Retained Earnings June 30, 2001 
*Cash Basis 



1,427,336 

48,032 

23,267 

13,667 



117,375 






1,629,677 


1,758,518 
161,624 






(1,920,142) 




(290,465) 




89,828 




318,037 
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TRUST FUNDS 
STATEMENT OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES 



July1 



Donations & Investment Withdrawals 
Receipte 



Capital 
Gain 



Balance 
June 30 



PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS 
















Billings Park Fund 


1.361.75 




75.24 




(0.68) 


7.59 


1.428.72 


Billings Common Fund 


1.200.43 




66.33 




(0.61) 


6.69 


1.259.46 


H.W. Wadleigh Park Fund 


6.992.84 




384.65 


289.27 


(3.55) 


38.54 


7,046.13 




17.727.35 




979.55 




(8.97) 


98.81 


18,599.12 


Edith M. Bates Fund 


7.746.80 




428.05 




(3.92) 


43.17 


8,127.76 


CEMETERIES 
















Perpetual Care-Woodside Cemetery 


146,929.75 


9.563.49 


8,175.70 


218.75 


(74.12) 


833.14 


163,542.93 


Perpetual Care-Wocdside Cenr>etery(Van) 


0.00 


6.000.0Q 


12.12 




(95.28) 


2.50 


5,914.34 


Perpetual Care-Beechwood Cemetery 


9,374.56 




518.00 




(4.74) 


52.25 


9,835.57 


Beechwood Cemetery Association 


4,377.03 




241.85 




(2.21) 


24.39 


4,592.28 


Estate of Harry E. Wilbur 


7,504.49 




414.67 




(3.78) 


41.84 


7.873.54 


Charlotte Uncotn Bell Memorial Fund 


33.077.03 




1,827.71 




(16.73) 


184.36 


34,703.65 


Isadora B. Newey Fund 


26,549.74 




1,467.03 




(13.43) 


147.98 


27,855.36 


Cedar Street Cemetery 


4.257.42 




235.26 




(2.15) 


23.74 


4,465.79 


SCHOOLS 
















Ripley Fund 


6,353.86 




351.10 




(3.22) 


35.42 


6,666.32 


James W. Nichols Scholarship Fund 


2,773.53 




153.26 




(1.40) 


15.46 


2,909.93 


Major William Arthur Scholarship Fund 


8,183.41 




452.18 




(4.14) 


45.61 


8,585.84 




119,793.61 




6,591.98 


4,500.00 


(60.75) 


660.86 


121,163.98 


William Ripley Jr., Athletic Fund 


16,154.26 




892.62 




(8.17) 


90.03 


16,948.68 


John F. Creamer Scholarship Fund 


1,097.10 




60.64 




(0.56) 


6.12 


1,151.06 


Margaret M. Hardy Scholarship Fund 


231,376.32 




12,730.21 


9,000.00 


(117.32) 


14275.95 


233,713.26 


Helen & Malcom Stevens Scholarship Fund 


183,822.16 




10,120.81 


6.000.00 


(93.17) 


1,015.46 


186.834.34 


Noel Ripley Scholarship 


24,029.79 


1,500.00 


1,333.88 


500.00 


(12.13) 


135.45 


26,216.09 


Bourke Corcoran Scholarship 


20,353.03 


1,071.00 


1,114.72 


3,000.00 


(10.36) 


110.64 


19,417.75 


Mary Beth Bames Scholarship 


0.00 


100.00 


0.61 




0.01 


0.15 


100.47 


VOLUNTARY CHECKOFF FUNDS 
















Scholarship Fund 


0.00 


555.84 


3.38 




0.01 


0.84 


558.39 


Education Fund 


0.00 


1,050.83 


6.40 




0.03 


1.60 


1,055.66 


Disabled Seniors Fund 


0.00 


1,528.33 


9.30 




0.04 


2.32 


1.535.35 


OTHER 
















Stabilization Fund 


411,854.54 




26,343.98 






0.00 


438,198.52 


Conservation Fund 


23,680.93 


5,000.00 


1,650.60 




(4.75) 


49.40 


30,277.38 


Beechwood Improvement Association 


6,843.96 




437.77 








7,281.73 


Beechwood Ball Park Fund 


306.32 




16.92 




(0.15) 


1.71 


321.38 


Retirement Fund 


789,554.92 




47.944.93 


60,000.00 


28,627.95 


2.387.50 


803.740.30 


Town Pump Maintenance 


1.879.34 




120.20 








1.999.54 


Reed Comer Trust Fund 


130.70 




8.37 








139.07 


Alts Lottery Fund 


13,114.30 




838.85 


2,823.00 






11,130.15 


Captains' Walk Fund 


0.00 


14.798.40 


599.33 


461.87 






14,935.86 


Hagerty Trust 


0.00 


54.768.67 


2.325.05 








57,093.72 


PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
















Vanguard Star Fund 


713.792.28 




27.599.18 


20.700.00 


42,164.70 




762,856.16 



TRUST FUND TOTALS 



2,842,193.55 95,936.56 156,532.43 107,492.89 70.246.45 7,339.52 



3,050,076.58 
3,050,076.58 



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Town Hal Ptzijea (ReAnandng) 
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Scnool Tecnnoiogy 

TQTAIS - TAX LEVY FUNDS) 



1,060,000 


06A)l/89 


13yis. 


4.00 


133,875 


sso.ooo 


06/01/89 


Uyts. 


4.00 


76A2S 


395,000 


11/0 V90 


lOyre. 


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44J00 


208,000 


03AI1/94 


lOyrs. 


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80,000 


85,000 


03*^1/94 


9vtv 


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25,000 


456,000 


02/15/96 


16YTS. 


4.00^(S 


348.000 


299,415 


02/15/96 


lOyrs. 


4.00-<.95 


169,015 


99.700 


02/15/96 


15 YR 


4.00-«.95 


72.900 


77S.000 


avism 


ISyrs 


4.00-».95 


553,400 


752.000 


02/15/96 


IfiYtS. 


4.00-5.05 


581,685 


120,000 


08/15/96 


4yTS. 


4.65-6.10 


30.000 


70,000 


oa/is/96 


20yrs. 


4.65-6.10 


6U00 


1J15,000 


08/15/96 


20Yrs. 


4.65^10 


1.152,400 


9,890,010 


10/IS98 


19yrs. 


3.90-5.7S 


9.680,000 


250,000 


10/15/98 


19yis. 


3.90-5.75 


245,000 


.60,000 


10/15/98 


lOyrs. 


3.90-S.7S 


54,000 


230,000 


10/15/98 


18vrs. 


3.90-5.7S 


215,000 


25,000 


10/1S«8 


4y«. 


3.90-5.75 


154300 


75,000 


lO/lS/96 


Uyts. 


3.90-5.75 


66,000 


100,000 


lQ/lS/98 


9YIS. 


3.90-5.75 


8S,M0 


188,649 


10/06/99 


20YtS. 




188,649 


250,000 


12A)l/99 


4YTS. 


3.75-5.25 


TSOMO 


244300 


12/01/99 


15YIS. 


3.75-5.2S 


244,500 


160,000 


12/01/99 


4Yre. 


3.75*25 


160,000 


120,000 


12/01/99 


4Yrs, 


3.7S-5JS 


120,000 


260,000 


12A)V99 


15 Y«. 


3.75-5.25 


260,000 


90,000 


U/Dl/99 


9Y'S. 


3.7S-5.2S 


90,000 


360,000 


12A)l/00 


tyn. 


4JO-6.00 


. 


109,500 


i2miwo 


9vrs. 


4JO-6.00 




150,000 


12/01/00 


4Yre. 


4JO<.00 





66,937 
38,063 
44,200 
20,000 
10.000 
27,000 
32.600 

6,700 
55,400 
43JO0 
30,000 

2,600 
54,200 
345,000 
10,000 

6,000 
13,000 

5,000 

6,000 
15,000 

6,297 



10.000 
360.000 
109,500 
150,000 
619,500 1,026,797 



66.938 
38,062 



321,000 
136,415 

66,200 

498,000 

538 J85 



58,700 

1,098,200 

9435,000 

235,000 

48,000 
202,000 

lOfiOO 

60,000 

70,000 
180,984 
185,000 
220,000 
120,000 

90,000 
240,000 

80,000 
360,000 



150,000 
14,592.384 



Bettemwm OTiTax Ltyy PMioBnons • 

Straits Pona Sewer 
Straits Pond Sewer 
SOT Its Pond Sewer MWPAT 96-33 
Straits Pond Sewer MWPAT 96-34 
downtown Sewer MWPAT 97-3B 
Downtown Sewer MWPAT 96-4S 
Downtown Sewer MWPAT 9^55 
Downtown Sewer MWPAT 98-105 



365,000 


08/15/96 


20 YR. 


4.65-6.10 


324,950 


32SWI 


mism 


ISyrs. 


3.90-5.75 


305,000 


1.930,900 


ivm/n 


JOyrs. 


4.0-5.15 


1,851,700 


1,660,400 


12/09/98 


20yfs. 


4.0-S.lS 


1,625.600 


840,500 


12A»9/9B 


20yis. 


4.0-5.15 


806,000 


187.400 


I2m/9B 


20yrs. 


4.0-S.lS 


179,700 


261,700 


i2mm 


20 YR. 


4.0-5.15 


251,000 


1,630,000 


10/06/99 


20YfS. 


4.0-5.15 


1,628,54$ 



13,650 311400 

204)00 285,000 

31419 48.981 1.770,900 

60420 10,780 1454,600 

29435 5,665 770,800 

6436 1464 171.900 

4464 6,636 240,000 

52420 12,040 1,563,989 



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ANNUAL DBTRB-ORT 
XJNE30,2001 ' 



OovNitDwn Sewer MWPAT 98-106 


1,625,000 


10/06/99 


20yrs. 


4.0-5.1S 


1,623,595 




19,072 


Straits Pond Sewer MWPAT 96-33A 


1,866 J27 


11/01/00 


20vfs. 


4.0-5.1S 


1489,073 


(22,746) 




SlTBto Pond Sewer ^WPAT 96-34A 


2,599,279 


11/01/00 


20yTS. 


4.0-5.15 


2499,279 


(20,971) 




Downtown Sewer MWPAT 99-10 


2,291,772 


11/01/00 


20 yr*. 


4A-5.15 


1433,959 


757413 




DowntDwn Sewer MWPAT 99-11 


2401,583 


Il/OIAX) 


20VTS. 


4.0-S.lS 


2426,930 


(25447) 




Downtown Sewer MWPAT 00-03 


237,043 


IVOIAIO 


lOyrs. 


4.0-5.15 





237,043 




DowntDwn Sewer MWPAT 0044 


4,379,345 


1W>1A» 


ZOvfS. 


4.0-S.lS 


1447,445 


3431,900 




Downtown Sewer 


1,104,500 


12/01/00 


20 VIS. 


4J04.00 





1,104400 




Straits Pond Sewer 


538,000 


12AI1/00 


ZOyrt. 


4JO<.00 





538,000 




TOTALS - eerreRM^ns & tax levy funded 








18,292,780 
18492,780 


5,600,192 


237716 


w«erRff«iiieOhg<ationslgiied 
















water Treatment PteW 


2400,000 


01/01/78 


34yrs. 


5.00 


e76fiO0 




73,000 


land Aeqtistion (Ren) 


' 1,900,000 


11/01/90 


ISyrs. 


4.00 


920400 




125,800 


waterMamPnjeai&n 


195,000 


08/15/96 


Byrs. 


4.65-6.10 


115,000 




30,000 


System Repairs 1995-6 


2,450,000 


06/1^96 


20yrs. 


4.65-6.10 


2,081450 




119450 


Oistntkition System 




mam 


19yTS. 


3.90-5.75 


850,000 




50,000 


System lmBn«ments 


1,430,500 


12/01/99 


15 yB. 


3.75-5JS 


1,430400 




100400 


System Improvements 


1,600,000 


U/01/00 


20y»s, 


4.30-6.00 





1.600,000 






810,000 


12/01/00 


20Yrs 


430-6.00 





810,000 




TOTALS - WATHlREVBILe FUNDS) 










6,273,850 


2^10,000 4S8,S50 


GRAND TOTAL 










3»467,479 


8,629,692 


1,763,362 



1466427 
2,578408 
2491,772 
2401483 

237,043 
4479445 
U04400 

538,000 



23424491 



1,961400 
800,000 

1430400 

1,600,000 

810,000 

8,184,800 

46,301475 



AMOUNTS AUTHORgED AND UWISSUED 



Sewerl&I 
Ambulance 



Hagety Property 
Cemetery Design 
Central Sewer 



Wotf Pit Eminent Domain- 



. Auth. 


Auth. 


Qate 


taaet 


03/27/99 


200,000 


12/01/99 


390,000 


03/25/00 


41400400 


03/25A» 


2,900,000 


03/25/00 


50,000 


10/23/00 


110,000 


10/23/00 


86400 


10/23/00 


175,000 


10/23/00 


50,000 


11/13/00 


600,000 


03/31/01 


700,000 


03/31/01 


80,000 


03/31A>l 


30,000 


03/31/01 


200,000 


03/31/01 


150,000 




47,521400 



168 



RECONCILIATION OF TOWN CASH ACCOUNTS 
JUNE 30, 2000 



Fund 



Balance 



General Fund 

School Lunch Fund 

Highway Fund 

School Special Revenue Fund 

Tovm Special Revenue Fund 

Central Sewer Fund 

North Cohasset Sewer Fund 

Capital Projects Fund 

Water Fund 

Water Capital Projects Fund 

Trust Funds 

Agency Fund 

ACCOUNTANT TOTAL 



914,135 

(34,059) 

100,207 

65,636 

369,001 

23,647 

46,629 

059,959 

396,792 

999,766 

050,076 

223,883 



$14,215,672 



Account 



Balance 



Hingham Institute 

Boston Safe Deposit 

Citizens Bank 

Fleet Bank 

Mass Municipal Depository Trus 

Pilgrim Cooperative 

Rockland Trust Company 

State Street Bank & Trust 

Cash on Hand 

Total General Cash 

Add: Trust Funds 

TREASURER TOTAL 

TRUST FUND APPRECIATION 



82,045 

652,517 

9,231 

141,611 

9,927,181 

293,802 

56,429 

2,782 

150 

$11,165,747 

3, 021,473 

14,187,220 

28,452 



169 



hKhh UASH UALUULAI lUN 
JUNE 30, 2001 



Unexpended Balance Fiscal 2000: 1 ,1 62.00 

Decrease in Uncollected Property Taxes: 152,231.00 

Surplus Local Receipts: 

Motor Vehicle Excise 31 1 ,760.00 

Penalties & Interest 62,616.00 

R.T.F. Stickers (27,323.00) 

Ambulance 59,093.00 

Building Permits 30,305.00 

Fines & Forfeits 19.664.00 

Sewer Betterments 557,028.00 

Investment Income 165,720.00 
Investment Income-School Constmctlon 228,430.64 

Central Sewer Deficit (106,997.00) 

Other Local Receipts 89,619.00 1,389,915.64 

Retumed Appropriations 156,665.42 

D.O.R. Adjustments-School Lunch (32,01 1 .47) 

D.O.R. Adjustments-Flood Control (24,324.04) 

D.O.R. Adjustments (69,01 1 .00) 



June 30, 2001 Free Cash 1 ,574.627.55 



170 



SCHEDULE OF RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS 



Appropriation 






100.000.00 


Town Reports 


4/26/01 


Printing 


3,531.00 


Public Works 


4/26/01 


Culvert 


17,620.00 


Elder Affairs 


4/26/01 


Postage 


1.500.00 


Selectmen 


5/31/01 


Well Drilling 


3.825.00 


Fire 


5/31/01 


Vehicle Maint 


3,524.00 


Senior Housing 


6/30/01 


Engineering 


3,000.00 


Selectmen 


6/30/01 


Sewer Audit 


5,000.00 


Accountant 


6/30/01 


Payroll Services 


655.00 


Treasurer 


6/30/01 


Printing 


1,065.00 


Treasurer 


6/30/01 


Comm. Preser. 


4,200.00 


Selectmen 


6/30/01 


Investigation 


3,000.00 


Parking Clerk 


6/30/01 


Data Processing 


152.00 


Plumbing & Gas 


6/30/01 


Inspections 


310.00 


Public Works 


6/30/01 


Overtime 


1.623.00 


Public Works 


6/30/01 


SEMASS 


32,312.00 


Public Works 


6/30/01 


Gas Pump Repair 


2,800.00 


Street Lights 


6/30/01 


Electricity 


7,396.00 


Library 


6/30/01 


Heat 


2,058.00 


Unemployment 


6/30/01 


Assessment 


3,808.00 


Sewer 


6/30/01 


Utilities 


1,600.00 



Balance to Free Cash 



1.021.00 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN TREASURER 

. July 1.2000 -June 30, 2001 

After facing potential health insurance increases that exceeded 20%, the 
Town decided to join Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) 
health Insurance plan effective July 1, 2000. The same basic plan, HMO 
Blue, was offered to the employees. However, as a result of moving to MIIA, 
the Town was able to pool it's large claims and thereby save thousands of 
dollars in premiums. 

In an attempt to improve payroll processing and reduce costs, the Town 
moved it's payroll account to Hingham Institution in 2001 thereby saving 
$8,000 annually In payroll processing costs. 

In Fiscal Year 2001, the Town continued to implement the provisions of both 
MGL Chapter 60, Section 3C and 3D which allows the Town to include a 
check-off insert with tax bills. As of June 30, 2001, the following funds have 
been collected: 

Town Scholarship Fund: $ 558.39 

Local Education Fund: $ 1,055.66 

Elderly & Disabled Taxation Fund: $ 1 ,535.35 

The Scholarship Fund will provide secondary school tuition assistance to 
deserving Town residents. These funds will be in addition to scholarships 
currently available to Town residents. 

The Educational Fund will provide supplemental educational funding for 
Cohasset Public Schools. Additionally, funds may be used for existing adult 
literacy programs. 

The Elderly / Disabled Fund will provide property tax relief for elderly and 
disabled Cohasset taxpayers who meet specific criteria established by the 
Elderly / Disabled Fund Committee. 

Awards for the above funds will be made in future years once there are 
sufficient sums available. 

The Treasurer/Collectors office continued it's comprehensive Tax Title 
Collection Program. The following amounts were collected through Tax Title 
collection in Fiscal Year 2001: 

Tax Title Liens: $174,510.91 

Interest: $ 48,881.90 

Total: $223,392.81 

Furthermore, the Treasurer / Collector's office continued an investment 
strategy that balances the safety, liquidity and yield of the Town's funds. Due 

178 



to strong cash balances and interest rates that averaged around 6%, 
investment income received for Fiscal Year 2001 in the General Fund was 
$594,1 51 , an increase of $352,099 from Fiscal Year 2000. 



The following is a listing of the Town's Fiscal Year 2001 General Fund Cash 
balance: 

BALANCE IN TREASURY JULY 1 , 2000 $ 5,980,600.67 

Total Receipts for Fiscal Year 2001 $ 48,726,007.55 

Paid Warrants $ 43.540,861 .42 

BALANCE IN TREASURY JUNE 30, 2001 $ 11,165,746.80 

DEPOSITORIES 

Hingham Institution $ 82,044.88 

Boston Safe Deposit $ 652,517.12 

Citizens Bank $ 9,230.57 

Fleet Bank $ 141,610.57 

MMDT $ 9,927,180.95 

Pilgrim Cooperative $ 293,802.21 

Rockland Trust $ 56,428.55 

State Street Bank $ 2,781 .95 

Cash in Drawer $ 150.00 

TOTAL DEPOSITORIES $ 11,165,746.80 



The following is a listing of the Town's Fiscal Year 2001 Trust Funds 
balance: 

DEPOSITORIES 

Hingham Institution $ 360,905.60 

MMDT $ 57,093.72 

Pilgrim Cooperative $ 493,41 1 .63 

Rockland Trust $ 1,341,291.49 

Vanguard $ 768,770.50 

TOTAL DEPOSITORIES $ 3,021,472.94 

Respectfully Submitted 

Joseph A. DiVito, Jr. 
Treasurer-Collector 

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REPORT OF THE COLLECTOR 

July 1,2000 to June 30, 2001 

In Fiscal 2001, the Treasurer/Collector's office processed approximately 
12,200 Real Estate tax bills. 756 Personal Property tax bills, 8,209 Motor 
Vehicle Excise tax bills and 10,053 Water/Sewer bills. 

The Treasurer/Collector's office continued to process all payments In house 
without the assistance of a lockbox service at a significant cost savings for 
the Town. Again the departmental staff of Linda Litchfield, Jane Henderson 
and Devon Vayo should be recognized for their tremendous effort. 

In Fiscal 2001 the Town adopted a 1.5% Community Preservation Act 
surcharge for open space, historical resources and affordable housing 
purposes for implementation in Fiscal 2002. The Treasurer/Collector's office 
worked with the department's current computer software vendor to ensure 
that the requisite programming was completed prior to the mailing of the 
Fiscal 2002 preliminary tax bills in June 2001. 

Once again considerable efforts were made contacting taxpayers and 
collecting taxes in arrears. Tax liens were recorded on all parcels without 
outstanding taxes for Fiscal Year 2000 totaling $73,258.01 and subsequent 
Fiscal Year 2001 taxes totaling $96,441 .96. 

Finally, in 2001 , the Treasurer/Collector's office was notified that Gemini, the 
current software provider, was purchased by Tyler Technologies. It appears 
that In the near future our current Gemini software will not be supported by 
Tyler Technologies. Therefore, in 2001, the Treasurer/Collector's office 
began looking for a new software system to replace the Gemini system. It is 
our intention to request funding to purchase a new system for delivery in 
Fiscal 2003. 

Attached is a spreadsheet outlining receivable activity for Fiscal Year 2001. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Joseph A. DiVito, Jr. 
Treasurer-Collector 



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REPORT OF THE COLLECTOR 

July 1.2000 -June 30, 2001 



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Lavy 0(2000 
Levy of 1999 

TetHOUIYMf*) 



Levy or 2001 
L*vyo(2000 
Levy 0(1989 
Levy 0(1998 
Prior Ymk 



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$250,477.64 
-$1,683.41 


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$0.00 
$0.00 


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$3,683.40 


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$Z097.42 
$2,129.24 
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$12,933.55 


$22,770.03 


$160,315.20 


$0.00 


$233.67 


$161,456.21 


$0.00 


$21,862.68 



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Levy of 2000 
Levyof1999 
Levy of 1998 
Prior Years 



$0.X $953,857.73 

$11734.55 $139,621.87 

$20,041.52 $4,641.67 

$12,455.74 $0.00 

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$11,716.79 

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$606.70 $462,418.31 -$3,779.09 $28,145.52 



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BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

The Property Tax Levy is the revenue a community can raise through real 
and personal property taxes. The property tax levy is the largest source of 
revenue for the town. For the Town of Cohasset, this represents 
approximately 64% of the $25,318,627.80 of the town's total budget for fiscal 
year 2001. 

For fiscal year 2001, the Assessors conducted an interim adjustment of 
property values to keep pace with the appreciating real estate market. 
According to the Department of Revenue (DOR) guidelines, property values 
should fall within a range of 10% plus or minus of 100%. Arms length sales 
were classified and analyzed and market trends were identified. By far the 
most influencing force in the real estate market in Cohasset is land value, 
which is basically a measure of desirability of the community as a place to 
live. Land value is directly related to supply and demand and fluctuates with 
the health of the real estate market. Currently, the town's total land value is 
comprised of 48% of the total valuation. 

The annual Town Meeting for fiscal year 2001 adopted Section 4 of Chapter 
73 of the acts of 1986 to grant an additional real estate tax exemption of not 
more than fifty (50) percent under clauses 17, 17c1/2, 17D, 22, 22A, 22B, 
22C, 22D, 22E, 37, 37A, 41, 418, 41 C, 42, & 43 of Section 5 of Chapter 59 
of iVIassachusetts General Laws. Adopting this section has enabled the 
Assessors to increase all exemptions by fifty percent. 

The Board would like to acknowledge Deputy Assessor/Appraiser Cheryl 
Pooler for her dedication and professionalism as well as staff members 
Debra Krupczak and Devon Vayo for their hard-working assistance in the day 
to day operations of the Assessors' Office. 

The following is the 2001 Tax Recapitulation as submitted to the Department 
of Revenue: 



FY 01 -Tax Rate $14.59 



Type of Property 


Lew % 


Value bv Class 


Lew bv Class 


Residential 


92.9856 


1,027,566,300 


14,992,192.32 


Commercial 


5.6638 


62,589,200 


913,176.43 


Industrial 


.3563 


3,937.500 


57,448.13 


Personal Property 


.9943 


10,988.000 


160.314.92 



Tax Rate 
14.59 
14.59 
14.59 
14.59 



Totals 100.0000 1,105,081,000 16,123,131.80 



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II Amount To Be Raised 

a. Appropriations of Town Meeting $ 24,290,120.00 

b. Other Amounts To Be Raised 250,31 4.89 

c. State & Cherry Sheet Charges 575,895.00 

d. Allowances for Abatements & Exemptions 202,297.91 

e. Total Amount To Be Raised $ 25,31 8,627.80 

lit Estimated receipts & Other Revenue Sources 

a. Estimated Receipts - State $ 2,784,078.00 

b. Estimated Receipts - Local 4,115,303.00 
0. Revenue sources appropriated for particular purpose 2,296,1 1 5.00 

d. Total Estimated Receipts & Other Sources $ 9,195,496.00 



IV Summary of Total Amount To Be Raised & Total Receipts 

From All Sources 

a. Total Amount to be raised $ 25,31 8,627.80 

b. Less estimated receipts & other revenue sources 9,195,496.00 

c. Fiscal Year 2001 Property Tax Levy $16,123,131.80 



Respectfully submitted, 

Elsa J. Miller, Chairman 
William B. Smith, Clerk 
Michael C. Patrolia, Member 



BUILDING DEPARTMENT 

During the past year, Cohasset continued a pattern of modest growth with a 
total of 19 new homes, ten of which replaced existing dwellings. Many more 
were substantially renovated and enlarged. 



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The expansion and renovations to the Middle/High School and the Deer Hill 
School are progressing on schedule with the high school due for completion 
in December of 2003, and the Deer Hill in December of 2002. 

Hingham Lumber Company has started construction on a new retail store 
and drive through warehouse on Rte 3A to be completed in the fall of 2002. 

Building Department's activity for 2001 : 



Estimated Cost of Construction 


336 




$51,794,237 


Building Fees Collected 






$102,114 


New Dwellings 


19 




$6,461,507 


Commercial Building 


1 




$750,000 


Certificates of Inspection 


13 




$625 


Zoning By Laws & Zoning Maps 






$323 


Copies for Public 






$5 


Occupancy Permits 


22 




$550 


Plumbing Permits Fees Collected 


197 




$9,165 


Gas Permits Fees Collected 


148 




$3,838 


Plumbing/Gas Inspector Paid 




Plumbing 
Gas 


$3,570 
$2,280 



Weights and Measures 22 $1,026 

I would like to thank all of the departments, boards and commissions for their 
continued assistance and support. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Robert M. Egan 
Building Inspector 
Zoning Officer 



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BOARD OF HEALTH 

Board membership remained the same with the re-election of Stephen N. 
Bobo. On re-organization, Stephen N. Bobo remained as Chairman, Robin 
M. Lawrence, Clerk and Peggy S. Chapman, Member. Joseph R. Godzik 
remained as Health Agent and Tara N. (Tradd) Mullen as Administrative 
Secretary. 

Beginning on July 1, 2001 the Public Health Nurse started as Board of Health 
personnel. The long-standing contract with the Social Service League for 
public health nursing was not renewed to reduce costs. Judy Fitzsimmons 
and Corinne Cahill, both public health nurses continue to provide public 
health nursing services. 

Programs sponsored by the Board of Health this year included: Cholesterol 
and Blood Sugar Screening on February 15, 2001 funded by the Cohasset 
Rotary Club; Free Blood Pressure Screenings at Cohasset Churches during 
Public Health Awareness Week In April; Self Defense Program in May; 
Pandemic Flu Planning Committee meetings throughout the year including a 
regional meeting in July sponsored by the Cohasset Board of Health; Health 
Screening Day on October 9, 2001; Food Allergy Program on October 23, 
2001 and Flu Clinics in October, November and December. 

We are grateful to all who assist us with our programs and clinics throughout 
the year with volunteer efforts and monetary donations. 



Keep Well Clinics 


265 


Adult Immunization 


1026 


Diabetic Screening 


178 


Cholesterol Screening 


149 


Health Fair 


81 


Hypertension Screening 


851 


Communicable Disease Follow Up 


15 


Home Nursing Visits 


435 


Office Nursing Visits 


1083 


Total Nursing Visits 


1518 



Dr. Stephen Golden was also appointed by the Board of Health as the 
Schools Physician. 

The On-Site Wastewater Management Plan, approved last year, has not had 
anyone sign up for the Program. All residents were notified of the existence 
of the Program. There were numerous inquiries but no actual participants. 

The Board continues to work closely with the Sewer Commission to expand 
the plant capacity and expand the sewer service area to include the Little 
Harbor watershed. In conjunction with Little Harbor sewer expansion 

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volunteer monitors have been taking samples from Little Harbor especially 
after a rain event to determine the impact of storm water runoff on the fecal 
coliform concentration In Little Harbor. Early analysis of the rather limited 
data indicates that there are definite storm water impacts on Little Harbor 
water quality. 

The Board of Health Is working more closely with the Water Commission to 
deal with protecting Lily Pond from storm-water pollutants and possible 
hazardous material spills from Route 3A and King Street. Both Boards are 
working on obtaining grants for storm=water protection through upgrading 
and maintaining the catch basins and storm-water system around Lily Pond. 

The Board of Health passed regulations dealing with Body Art and Tattooing; 
Floor Drain Discharges in Commercial Establishments; and banning the sale 
of mercury thermometers in the Town. No Body Art or Tattooing 
Establishment Applications have been submitted. 

Testing the water at Bassing Beach showed that rainfalls of 0.5 inches or 
more would adversely affect the water quality to the point where It was 
unsafe for swimming. As a result of this testing the beach was closed for 
swimming whenever there was a heavy rainfall. The primary source of this 
pollution appeared to be septic systems on Parker Avenue. Since these 
homes will be connected to the municipal sewer by the summer of 2002, it is 
anticipated that this problem will be resolved. 

Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Board of Health personnel 
have been attending seminars on bio-terrorism preparedness. Work Is 
progressing to include bio-terrorIsm into the Town's Emergency Plan. 

The Board received the following revenues during 2001 : 

Licenses and Permits: $14,935.00 

Witnessing Percolation Testing: $1 1 ,808.76 

Disposal System Construction Permit: $6,150.00 

Other: $2,434.50 

PHN Gift Account $ 2,577.00 



Respectfully Submitted: 

Stephen N. Bobo, Chairman 
Robin M. Lawrence, D.D.S., M.P.H. 
Peggy S. Chapman, RN, C.S. 



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METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COUNCIL 

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Is the regional planning 
agency representing 101 cities and towns in the metropolitan Boston area. 
Created by an act of the Legislature in 1963, it serves as a forum for state 
and local officials to address issues of regional importance. As one of 14 
members of the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), MAPC 
has oversight responsibility for the region's federally funded transportation 
program. Council membership consists of community representatives, 
gubernatorial appointees and city and state agencies who collaborate in the 
development of comprehensive plans and recommendations in areas of 
population and employment, transportation, economic development, housing, 
regional growth and the environment. The 25 member elected Executive 
Committee meets 11 times a year. The full Council meets three times a 
year. Meetings are held at various localities throughout the region. 

MAPC works with its 101 member cities and towns through eight sub 
regional organizations. Each sub region has members appointed by the 
chief elected officials and planning boards of the member communities and is 
coordinated by an MAPC staff planner. The MAPC sub regions meet on a 
regular basis to discuss and work on issues of interlocal concern. Cohasset, 
Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Rockland, 
Scituate, and Weymouth are members of the South Shore Coalition (SSC), 
which is MAPC's second oldest sub region. The community representatives 
of the SSC sub region consist primarily of elected officials, town planners, 
and community representatives from the eleven neighboring towns. 

This year, the South Shore Coalition has actively followed the issues of: 

regional transportation by appointing a subcommittee on Transportation 

and appointing a member to attend the JRTC monthly meeting; 

future growth and impacts along Route 3 South by participating on the 

MEPA required Route 3 South Land Development Task Force; 

Route 53 and the need for a holistic transportation/corridor plan funded 

by the MPO; 

rapid growth in the Southeastern part of Massachusetts by participating 

in Vision 2020; 

legislation by regularly attending the MAPC legislative monthly meeting; 

redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station with 

staff participation on the South Shore Tri Town Development Corporation 

Advisory Committee; 
• environmental concerns aiong the South Coast with SSC staff attending 

the EOEA South Coastal Watersheds Team meetings. 

In addition to working with its sub regional committees, MAPC has been 
involved in a variety of activities that affect communities within the region. 



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2000 Census 

Throughout this year, the federal government released Census 2000 data. 
MAPC staff has been busy analyzing the data to Identify growth trends and 
disseminating information to legislators, municipalities, public and private 
agencies, and the general public. To this end, MAPC drafted two important 
documents. Decade of Change highlights key regional growth trends that 
occurred during the 1990s. Community Profiles, a partnering document to 
Decade of Change, is a compilation of demographic, socioeconomic and 
land use data for the 101 cities and towns in the MAPC region. The profiles 
present a portrait of each community through the presentation of key growth 
indicators, which are documented over time to pinpoint specific trends. 

Buiidout Analyses 

MAPC completed the two-year process of producing Buiidout Analyses for 
communities throughout the region. MAPC and Executive Office of 
Environmental Affairs (EOEA) staff introduced information about the 
Community Preservation Act and buiidout analyses results during 
presentations to Mayors, City Councils, Boards of Selectmen, and interested 
citizens. EOEA funded the effort and contracted with MAPC to complete 
buiidout analyses for every city and town in the metropolitan region. The 
purpose of the study was to create an approximate "vision" of the potential 
future grov\^h permitted by a community's bylaws and encourage discussion 
of growth management options. Buiidout analysis results have been the 
basis for zoning changes in a number of communities, and have provided 
critical information for water resource planning at the local and regional level. 
These analyses will form the basis for planning work under Executive Order 
41 8 and other comprehensive planning efforts. 

Community Development Plan Program 

The Community Development Plan Program stems from the passage of 
Executive Order 418, an initiative issued by former Governor Paul CellucI in 
January 2000. By making ail cities and towns eligible for $30,000 in planning 
services to assist in the preparation of a Community Development Plan, the 
initiative is designed to provide guidance as communities consider options for 
future development. The plans should focus on developing affordable 
housing while balancing the need for economic development, transportation 
and Infrastructure Improvements, and cultural resource and open space 
preservation. The program is managed at the state level by an Inter-Agency 
Working Group (lAWG) consisting of the Department of Housing and 
Community Development, the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the 
Executive Office of Transportation and Construction, and the Department of 
Economic Development. Within Its planning area, MAPC is administering the 
program and working with communities to develop a Scope of Services. 
Communities may also choose MAPC to perform many of the planning 
services necessary to complete a Community Development Plan. 



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PLANNING BOARD 

The Cohasset Planning Board, under the authority granted by Massachusetts 
General Law, Chapter 41, Section 81 A - Section 81 GG, and Chapter 40A, is 
charged with the administration of subdivision control and site plan review of 
development projects. The Board also reviews and recommends changes to 
the town's zoning bylaw and map and is charged with preparing a master or 
study plan and reporting periodically regarding the condition of the town. In 
addition to these duties, the Board completed a number of specific planning 
tasks in 2001 . 

The Board bid farewell to Terry Atherton in April 2001 and thanked him for his 
service and contribution to the Board. Peter J. Pratt was elected to fill the 
vacant position and had ably assumed his new responsibilities. 

The Board conducted hearings on a number of Zoning Bylaw amendments. 
These amendments spanned a wide number of issues including ledge 
preservation, senior housing, water resources district revision and several 
housekeeping items that helped to clarify language in the existing bylaw, 
among others. 

The Planning Board completed a Geographic Information System (GIS) 
conversion of the Zoning Map, which was last updated in 1985. The GIS 
version of the map allows other types of electronic data, such as land parcels 
and the Water Resources District, to be displayed along with zoning 
boundary information. Other types of local GIS data, such as topography, 
streets, and building footprints are being developed using a combination of 
the town's 1981 aerial survey and the maps kept by the town Assessor. 

The Board formed a Zoning Advisory Committee in November 2001. This ad 
hoc committee of the Planning Board, comprised of a representative of the 
Planning Board, Selectmen, Zoning Board, Conservation Commission, 
citizen members, the Building Commissioner and Town Planner will research 
and discuss zoning bylaw amendments and provide recommendations to the 
Planning Board. The aim is to provide a clear review process that generates 
wide input into amendments proposed by citizens and town boards alike. 

The Board appointed two members to the Growth and Development 
Committee, and is helping to lead this group; which is developing a Master 
Plan for the town. This committee issued a newsletter, conducted four 
Neighborhood Forums, mailed and tabulated a town-wide survey and issued 
an RFP for Master Plan Consulting Services. This effort, to include extensive 
GIS mapping and data development, is funded through a combination of a 
$60,000 town appropriation and a $30,000 state planning grant. 

The Board continued to review and comment on planning activities for the 
Village, Harbor and Common, as well as the recommendations of the town's 
Open Space and Recreation Plan. The Board also shared its concern with 

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the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency regarding the impact of a 
proposed 254 unit mixed-income housing development on Route 3A, given 
the scarcity of commercially zoned land in Cohasset. 

In addition, the Board conducted the following regular business: 

Held sixteen (16) meetings 

Reviewed eleven (11) Approval Not Required Under the Subdivision Control 

Law plans. 

Reviewed and conditionally approved four (4) site plans including Pilgrim 

Cooperative Bank, Hingham Lumber Company, Hagerty Park and the 

Cohasset Lobster Lab. 

Reviewed and denied one (1) preliminary subdivision plan (Wolf Woods). 

The Board continued to monitor the Rose Hill and Ox Pasture Lane (off 

Beechwood) subdivisions and various site plans for compliance with 

conditions and applicable regulations. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Alfred S. Moore, Jr., Chairman 

William J. Good, Vice Chairman 

C. Christopher Ford, Clerk 

Robert H. Sturdy 

Peter J. Pratt 

Elizabeth Harrington, Town Planner 



PLYMOUTH COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL PROJECT 

The Commissioners of the Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project are 
pleased to submit the following report of our activities during 2001 . 

The Project Is a special district created by the State Legislature In 1 957, and 
is now composed of 26 Plymouth County towns, the City of Brockton, and the 
Town of Cohasset in Norfolk County. On July 1, 2001 the Town of 
Bridgewater rejoined the Project. The Project is a regional response to a 
regional problem, and provides a way of professionals into a single agency 
with a broad geographical area of responsibility. 

The 2001 season began with an average water table for the region. Efforts 
were directed at larval mosquitoes starting with the spring brood. Ground and 
aerial larviciding was accomplished using B.t.l., an environmentally selective 
bacterial agent. Upon emergence of the spring brood of adult mosquitoes, 
ultra-low volume adulticiding began. The Project responded to 9,673 
complaints. 



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The first Eastern Equine Encephalitis isolate obtained by the Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health was found in collections from Canton, in Norfolk 
County, on July 15, 2001. One EEE isolate was collected in Plymouth County 
from Culisea melanura, a bird biting species, in Halifax on August 18. A 
three- year old girl visiting in Canton tested positive in late August for EEE, 
resulting in the only human EEE case in Massachusetts for 2001. The 
recurring problem of EEE and the increase in West Nile Virus to the 
Northeast continues to ensure cooperation between this Project and the 
Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

West Nile Virus activity Increased In Massachusetts during 2001 . Plymouth 
County's first infected bird was found in Lakeville on July 16, 2001. As of 
November 30,257 infected birds had been found in twenty- six of the twenty- 
eight communities serviced by the Project. During 2001, Plymouth County 
became the epicenter for WNV positive horse cases. Thirty of the thirty- 
seven confirmed cases occurred in Plymouth County, with Middleboro having 
eighteen WNV positive horse cases. To ascertain the risk to human health 
and horses, this Project placed mosquito traps in the infected areas. The 
mosquitoes collected were tested at the Massachusetts Department of Public 
Health for WNV, but none were infected. In an effort to keep the public 
informed of WNV activity, updates were posted on our web site, 
www.plymouthmosquito.com <http://www.plymouthmosquito.com> and 
Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 

www.state.ma.us/dph/wnv/wnv1 .htm 
<http://www.state.ma.us/dph/wnv/wnv1.htm>. 

Ochlerotatus Japonicus was found for the first time in Plymouth County. Oc. 
japonicus is a container- breeding mosquito which blood feeds on 
vertebrates such as humans and birds. The mosquito is originally from Japan 
and was introduced several years ago into the New York City area. The 
mosquito is of interest because it is believed to be involved in the 
transmission of West Nile Virus. The mosquito was first found in Lakeville on 
July 19, 2001, and then spread to Middleboro, Plympton, Brockton, 
Mattapoisett, Bridgewater and Wareham. We now consider Oc. Japonicus to 
be well established in the county. The quick spread of this mosquito 
emphasizes the need to eliminate water- holding containers such as tires, 
buckets, old swimming pools and boats from properties. 

The figures specific to the Town of Cohasset are given below. While 
mosquitoes do not respect town lines the information given below does 
provide a tally of the activities, which have has the greatest impact on the 
health and comfort of Cohasset residents. 

Insecticide Application- 1,888 acres were treated using truck-mounted 
sprayers for control of adult mosquitoes. More than on application was made 
to the same site if mosquitoes reinvaded the area. The first treatments were 
made in May and the last in September. 



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During the summer 857 catch basins were treated to prevent the emergence 
of Culex pipiens, a known mosquito vector in West Nile Virus transmission. 
Our greatest effort has been targeted at mosquitoes in the larval stage, which 
can be found in woodland pools, swamps, marshes and other standing water 
areas. Inspectors continually gather data on these sites and treat with highly 
specific larvicides when immature mosquitoes are present. 

Water Management- During 2001 crews removed blockages, brush and 
other obstructions from 500 linear feet of ditches and streams to prevent 
overflows or stagnation that can result in mosquito breeding. This work, 
together with machine reclamation, is most often carried out in the fall and 
winter. 

Machine Reclamation- 290 linear feet of upland ditch was reconstructed in 
Cohasset using one of the Project's track driven excavators. 

Finally, we have been tracking response time, that is the time between notice 
of a mosquito problem and response by one of our inspectors. The complaint 
response time in the Town of Cohasset was less than two days with more 
than 144 complaints answered. 

Mosquito Survey- A systemic sampling for the mosquitoes in Cohasset 
indicates that Coquillettidia perturbans was the most abundant species. 
Other important species collected include Culex pipiens and Aedes vexans. 

We encourage citizens or municipal officials to call our office for information 
about mosquitoes, mosquito-borne diseases, control practices, or any other 
matters of concern. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Kenneth W. Ludlam, Ph.D. 
Carolyn Brennan 
Robert A. Thorndike 
Leighton F. Peck, Jr. 
William J. Mara 
Michael J. Pieroni 



RECYCLING COMMITTEE 

The recycling committee had another busy year. As of July 1, 2001, the 
Town changed to a Pay-As-You-Throw system to get rid of trash. The 
program is set-up to have two size bags, a 33-gallon bag and a 16-gallon 
bag. The price of each 33-gallon bag is $1.00 and each 16-gallon bag, 
$0.50. The bags are sold in rolls of 10. By going to the PAYT system, the 
Town was able to reduce the cost of the sticker fee from $100.00 per sticker 

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to $50.00 per sticker (The sticker cost would have gone up due to the 
increasing cost of getting rid of trash). The same sticker can be used at the 
beaches which reduced the need for two stickers. 

The recycling confimittee spent a lot of time and effort on this new program 
starting with the decision on what type of bag was best and setting the cost. 
Many hours were spent on getting the information out about the new PAYT 
system and working with local businesses to help sell the bags. We were 
able to receive a grant for over $11,000.00 from the state to help implement 
the program. The new PAYT system has worked so well we will be looking 
at possibly reducing the sticker price to $35.00 next year. 

We continue looking for new markets for our recyclables and are constantly 
watching over our present vendors for the best price we can get for our 
recyclables. 

The recycling committee wants to thank all town citizens for their efforts in 
accepting the new PAYT system. We should show a big increase in our 
recycling rate from the present 32% that we did last year. 

Please keep in mind that "Paint day" Is the last Saturday of each month 
starting with April through October. The hours are 9:00am to 12:00 noon. 
We would also like to make everyone aware that on paint day we can only 
take oil base paints. Latex paints are not hazardous and only need to be left 
out to dry (or a material like kitty litter can added to help to dry It out). 

Our hazardous waste day will again be in the fall as it has been in the past. 
We urge people to bring all their other hazardous waste on that day. The 
date will be set sometime late spring and we will get the information out as 
soon as we have It. 

Respectfully submitted, 

The Cohasset Recycling Committee: 

David Bigley 

Merle S. Brown 

Arthur L. Lehr 

F. Allan MacDonald 

John McNabb 

Carol M. Martin 

Sharyn Studley 

Jean M. White 



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SOUTH SHORE RECYCLING COOPERATIVE 

According to the IMA, the mission of the SSRC is as follows: "...to provide a 
forum of cooperative management of solid waste by members, to assist each 
member Town to improve the cost-effectiveness of their recycling efforts by 
providing economy of scale while maintaining full control over solid waste 
management; to assist members to improve programs to divert waste 
materials from the waste steam and to reduce the amount and toxicity of 
wastes; and to provide such assistance on an individual basis to each 
member Town and cooperatively in joint programs with other Towns." 

The mission has been fulfilled to the Town of Cohasset in this fiscal year in 
the following ways: 



QUANTIFIABLE BENEFITS 

1. By using the regional contract negotiated by the SSRC with the 
Bourne ISWMF, Cohasset has enjoyed a disposal rate of $47.74/ton 
for bulky waste. The gate fee is $70/ton. The $10 surcharge for the 
first fifteen mattresses per load was also avoided. With a generation 
of 151 tons billed at the contract rate and 305 mattresses not 
surcharged, Cohasset saved $6,755 in FY01 with this contract. The 
Planner spent a total of 16 hours administering and resolving a 
dispute over the contract. 

2. By using the regional contract negotiated by the SSRC with Safety 
Kleen for the collection and disposal of household hazardous 
products, Cohasset saved over 20% of what it would have paid using 
the State contract, and avoided the administrative time required to 
bid it out on its own. At the September 2000 collection, which was 
attended by 47 residents, saving amounted to approximately $350 
for this service. The contract also enable 3 residents to attend other 
collections in the region that year by the reciprocal arrangement, 
which is administered by the Planner. In addition, the Planner 
publicized the events with several hundred flyers she delivered to the 
town hall and Library and ongoing press releases in all local papers, 
on cable TV and the radio. She attended and helped run twelve of 
the collections, including Cohasset's, handed out paint stirrers with 
cost saving instructions on latex paint disposal, provided a large sign 
and calculated the proper billing for the vender to ensure that 
discounts and allowances were credited and visitors billed properly. 
The Planner spent 16 hours renegotiating and rewriting the contract, 
42 hours publicizing the events and 130 hours administrating the 
contract and attending most of the fifteen collections. 



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3. Cohasset benefited from an SSRC Market Services Grant for the 
recycling of CRTs, whicti are now banned from disposal by the State. 
From July through December, this regional DEP grant paid $2,470 
for the processing of residents' TVs and computer monitors. The 
grant did not cover shipping and handling, for which services the two 
State grant contractors charged $240/ton. The SSRC solicited 
proposals for collection service from other vendors and negotiated 
an_ arrangement with CRT Recycling in which they provided 
collection trailers, pickup and delivery service for $90/month, which 
saved Cohasset an estimated $1,380 during the latter half of grant 
period. In addition, our vendor didn't require that the materials be 
shrink wrapped and palletized, as did the State contractors, saving 
significant labor and material costs. The Planner spent 18 hours on 
publicity and administration for the grant program. 

4. At the end of the grant period, our vendor, CRT Recycling, continued 
to provide favorable regional pricing, providing containers and pickup 
service at no charge (their fee for non- SSRC towns is $60/month.) 
Members also receive a $1/unit discount off processing costs. These 
considerations saved an estimated $1,202 for storing, shipping and 
handling of these items. As with the grant, our contractor saved our 
towns labor and material costs by taking the material loose. The cost 
of disposal for all the other electronic equipment CRTR takes at no 
charge was also avoided, and estimated at $421 for the fiscal year. 

5. The SSRC bid out and awarded contracts for brush grinding and 
trommel screening for the processing of compost in FYOO. Cohasset 
utilized the screening contract in FY01 . 

6. The Planner assisted Cohasset in maximizing its benefits from the 
Material Separation Plan, including the provision by SEMASS of a 
Universal Waste Shed and mercury spill kit, valued at $1,250. The 
Planner spent a total of 50 hours administering and publicizing these 
programs, which are aimed at removing mercury from the waste 
stream 

FY01 COST OF MEMBERSHIP: $4,000 
FY01 BENEFIT OF MEMBERSHIP: $13,057 

INTANGIBLE BENEFITS 

1. The Planner provided advice and assistance to Cohasset solid waste 
managers on at least ten occasions in FY01, including help with 
propane tank disposal, paper recycling, change in law surcharges by 



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SEMASS, and MRIP and Renewable Energy Trust grants. She 
continuously researches recycling alternatives. 



2. The SSRC provides valuable networking opportunities and 
information sharing at monthly Solid Waste Manager meetings, at 
which solid waste collection, disposal and recycling service and 
pricing are discussed among member towns. The meetings often 
feature speakers and subjects of Interest to the local MSW 
community, including special waste disposal, regulatory compliance, 
grant assistance and regional recycling collections. At the Board's 
request, she also hosted tours of CRT Recycling and Nantucket's co- 
compost facility. 

3. The Planner did public outreach by writing articles for and being the 
subject of interviews with the local press, which promote waste 
reduction and recycling, and the proper disposal of mercury-bearing 
waste. 

4. The SSRC published a monthly newsletter filled with information of 
immediate interest to the South Shore solid waste community, 
including local solid waste news, meetings and seminars. The 
newsletter is circulated to over 200 town officials, legislators, 
regulators and volunteers. 

5. The SSRC advocated for passage of solid waste legislation aimed at 
shifting some of the burden of disposal costs onto manufacturers and 
retailers of products such as tires, motor oil and mercury products, 
and increasing funding of municipal recycling programs through the 
Clean Environment Fund. The Planner testified at three legislative 
hearings, and several of the supported bills were reported favorably 
out of committee. Legislators have sought our advice on other bills 
since then. 

6. The SSRC Planner attended policy meetings, forums and 
conferences hosted by the DEP, Solid Waste Association of North 
America, The Northeast Resource Association, the Council of 
SEMASS Communities, the Mass. Recycling Coalition, NAHMMA 
and the New England EnviroExpo. She is a member of the Mass. 
DEP Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and testified on the Solid 
Waste Master Plan. She gave a presentation to the MMA 
Environmental Policy Committee. She shares what she learns with 
the Managers, and relays the Manager's concerns to the 
professional and State organizations. 

7. The Planner assisted Cohasset in obtaining its fair share of the 
Renewable Energy Trust, which will provide a reduction of about 
$3/ton beginning In July 01. She spent 30 hours participating in the 

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establishment of the distribution process and keeping the towns 
apprised of their options. 



The SSRC exists to serve its member towns by facilitating their solid waste 
disposal and recycling functions. It always welcomes suggestions on how it 
can better serve its Members. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Claire Sullivan, Solid Waste Planner 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 

A statistical analysis of the Department responses for the year Is as follows: 

Building/Structure Fires 46 

Brush/Outdoor Fires 33 

Motor Vehicle Accidents 118 

Motor Vehicle Fires 16 

Medical Emergencies 854 

Investigation 131 

Inspection 359 

Assistance 81 

Miscellaneous 395 

Total 2,033 

Medical Responses: 



Total Incidents 854 

Basic Life Support Transports 243 

Advanced Life Support Transports 277 

Mutual Aid Rendered 203 

Mutual Aid Received 1 1 3 



Mutual Aid with other Towns, for fires: 

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Rendered 51 

Received 23 

The Fire Department is currently operating with the following equipment: 



Engine 1 - 1994 Pierce - 1,750 G.P.M. Pumping Engine 
Engine 2 - 1987 Pierce - 1,250 G.P.M. Pumping Engine 
Engine 3 - 2001 HME - 1 ,250 G.P.M. Pumping Engine 
Ladder 1 - 1978 Seagrave - 100 foot Aerial Ladder Truck 
Squad 1 - 2000 Ford - 4 wheel drive -500 G.P.M. pump 
Rescue 3 - 2001 Ford - E-450-Ambulance 
Car 20 - 1 995 Ford - 4 Wheel drive - Chiefs Vehicle 
Rescue Craft - 1993 Avon - 14 ft. Inflatable/ trailer 



FIRE PREVENTION 

In October, the Fire Department was awarded $2,006 in Student Awareness 
of Fire Education (S.A.F.E) Grant funds. The purpose of the S.A.F.E 
Program is to educate students about the fire and health hazards of smoking- 
related materials. The S.A.F.E. Grant application was a combined effort 
between the Fire Department, School Department and Board of Health. 

In conclusion, I would like to extend to the Citizens of Cohasset, the Board of 
Selectmen, the Town Manager and the Heads and Members of all Town 
Departments and Committees, my sincere thanks and appreciation for their 
assistance. 

To the Officers and Firefighters of the Department for their dedication and 
performance of duties, my sincere thanks and appreciation. 



Respectfully submitted, 
Roger W. Lincoln, Chief 



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POLICE DEPARTMENT 



In accordance with the provisions of Article 3, Section 2, Paragraph D of the 
By-Laws of the Town of Cohasset, I hereby submit the Annual Report of the 
Cohasset Police Department. This report includes activities and statistical 
data from January 1 , 2001 through December 31 , 2001 . 



UNIFORM CRIME REPORT 


2001 STATISTICS 


Offense 




Reported 


Robbery 




1 


Assaults 




32 


Breaking and Entering 




20 


B&E or Larceny from MA/ 




6 


Larceny 




46 


Larceny of MA/ 




6 


Vandalism 




57 


Criminal Complaints Sought 




81 


Motor Vehicle Accidents Investigated 




174 


Motor Vehicle Citations Issued 




2094 


Parking Tickets Issued 




1352 


Residential & Business Alarms answered 


446 


Stolen M/V's Recovered 




3 


Official Complaints Received 




8495 


Department Vehicles-Patrol Mileage 




171,354 


Special Details 




983 


9-1-1 calls Received 




1401 


Domestic Violence Cases Investigated 




28 


FID Cards Issued 




8 


LTC Issued/Renewed 




47 


RECORD OF ARRESTS 2001 






Offense 


Male 


Female 


Aggravated Assault 


3 




Simple Assault 


10 


1 


Break and Entering 


1 




Counterfeiting/Forgery 


2 




Lewd & Lascivious 


1 




Drug Law Violations 


19 


1 


Driving Under the Influence 


16 


7 


Destruction of Property 


2 





Violation of Protective Order 
Larceny 



199 



Shoplifting 2 

Trespassing 3 2 

Warrants 13 8 

Disorderly Conduct 26 14 

Liquor Law Violations 24 8 

Motor Vehicle Violations 12 6 

Violation Town By-Laws 2 

Protective Custody 12 7 



151 56 



TOTAL ARRESTS 207 

FEES RETURNED TO GENERAL FUND 



Court Fines & Assessments 37,640.00 

Parking Violations 28,861 .75 

Paid Detail Surcharge 10,559.24 

License Fees 2,023.00 

Requests for Police Report 706.00 

False Alarms/ Billing 2,075.00 

TOTAL $81,864.99 



Respectfully submitted, 

Brian W. Noonan, Chief of Police 



PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS 

2001 proved to be a very busy year for the Cohasset emergency dispatch 
center. With a record number of calls for police, fire, and emergency medical 
services, your emergency dispatchers were kept more than busy. In the 
wake of the tragic events of September 1 1 , 2001 , dispatchers had to venture 
into territory that we never had imagined. Between alerting police officials of 
incoming threats and threat assessments from the department's computer 
link with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to dispatching fire, police, and 
other emergency apparatus to bio-terrorism scares in town, 2001 was a great 
challenge, and I'm happy to report that we were able to rise to the occasion. 

In October 2001, David Weeks, a long time Cohasset dispatcher and 
communications supervisor, retired from the department. Shortly after his 
departure I was appointed to the position of communications supervisor. My 
top goal is to institute an in-service training program for dispatch personnel. 

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To that end, I have already had the staff trained in CPR and advanced first 
aid. I have also been working closely with the police and fire chiefs to 
update and streamline dispatch operations. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the good citizens of Cohasset 
along with the Civilian Dispatch Committee, consisting of Police Chief Brian 
Noonan, Fire Chief Roger Lincoln, and Town Manager Mark Haddad. I 
would also like to remind our citizens that 9-1-1 should only be used to save 
a life, stop a crime, or report a fire. It's not appropriate to call 9-1-1 to inquire 
about power outages or school cancellations. 

Respectfully submitted, 



Thomas W. Wigmore 
Communications Supervisor 



ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICE 
POLICE DEPARTMENT 



The animal control officer (ACQ) had an extremely productive year in 2001 . 
Animal Control a part-time service, has been successful in meeting the 
needs of the town within a limited time frame and budget. The ACQ received 
1440 calls to his office during the year, requesting service, questions about 
coyotes, licensing, feral cats, West Nile Virus, missing pets, found pets and a 
multitude number of wildlife problems. The ACQ maintains a "random 
availability" schedule that allows him to be flexible throughout the week to 
address the needs of the public. 

A new office was built for the ACQ from a closet in the garage that was used 
for tire storage and cleaning supplies. When compared to working in the 
cellar with the furnace beside you, and water running under your feet when it 
rained, the renovated closet seems like paradise. Sunlight, fresh air, and 
clean tile floor is a big step upward. 

A new vehicle (1995) was purchased from South Shore Hospital to replace 
the 10 year old cruiser the department had.. We now have a 1995 4x4 Chevy 
Blazer that gives us the ability to respond anywhere, and in any kind of 
weather. With good care and maintenance, this vehicle should provide us 
with many years of service. 

Wildlife is still the biggest problem, with Coyotes taking the lead in the 
number of complaints. Residents must accept the fact that wild animals are 
an integral part of residing in a rural community, and be understanding with 
the fact that wild animals do not respect property boundaries. There will 

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always be problems with wildlife, and I expect them to get worse, as more 
land is consumed for development annually. 

The ACO has, in cooperation with the Town Clerk, developed a tag ID 
sticker, which will be applied to every dog license issued in the town. The 
phone number of the owner will put on this tag, making it possible to call the 
dog owner immediately by anyone finding the dog. This will greatly assist in 
getting a lost dog back home. 

I look foHA^ard to another year of serving the residents with whatever animal 
related they might experience so that living in Cohasset, with or without pets, 
will be a very enjoyable experience. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Paul W. Murphy, ACO 



CEMETERY STUDY COMMITTEE 

Year 2001 was one of great accomplishment for the committee. The Spring 
2001 Town Meeting approved $700,000.00 for the expansion of Woodside 
Cemetery and modifications to the Beechwood Cemetery. The expansion 
was completed at Woodside in November, and Beechwood work 
substantially completed in December. The projects have increased our 
available graves for sale to nearly 2,000. We believe the Town's cemetery 
space needs will be met for the long term. 

In cooperation with the Veterans Memorial Committee, a Gold Star Mothers 
memorial was built and is the focal point of the new area at Woodside. 
Dedicated on November 11, 2001 the memorial pays tribute to the twenty- 
two Cohasset mothers who know best the high price of freedom. 

The committee Is continuing to work with the Cemetery staff to bring all 
record keeping to accurate and current status. 

We would like to thank all the town departments that helped us complete our 
work during the 2001 year. The effort and dedication to the projects by the 
DPW employees was outstanding and we extend special thanks to them. 

Respectfully, 

CEMETERY STUDY COMMITTEE 
Glenn A. Pratt, Chairman 
Joseph Curley 
Joseph Jerz 
James Oilman 

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 



The Department of Public Works is a town service organization responsible 
for providing essential services for the citizens of Cohasset. Services 
provided by this department include construction, maintenance and repair of 
streets, sidewalks and storm drainage systems; maintenance and repair of 
vehicles and equipment; maintenance of parks, cemeteries, athletic fields 
and off-street parking facilities; maintenance of all town buildings and 
schools; the transfer of public refuse and recyclables; snow removal and ice 
control; maintenance and/or removal of town owned trees. 

In addition to providing routine maintenance throughout the year the following 
projects were completed by or under the direction of the DPW during the last 
year: 

Using state funding we oversaw resurfacing on sections of Jerusalem Road, 
Atlantic Avenue, North and South Main Streets and Highland Avenue. Using 
funds appropriated at town meeting and our own men and machines we 
resurfaced private ways Rust Way, Flintlock Ridge Road and Aaron River 
Road. 

Rebuilt 3 catch basins, installed 3 new catch basins, 1 new manhole and 167 
feet of drainage pipe. 

Replaced or repaired 43 traffic and street signs. 

Installed a new drainage culvert on Beechwood Street. This was an original 
stone culvert Installed when Beechwood Street was built. 

Removed storm overwash on Atlantic Avenue and Jerusalem Road. 

In an effort to control algae in Little Harbor, we opened and closed the cat 
dam gates each month from April to December. 

Transferred 2,243 tons of solid waste and 405 tons of C&D. Recycled 516 
ton of mixed paper products, 175 ton of scrap metals and cans, 35 ton of 
plastics, 96 ton of glass and 1,615 gallons of waste oil. Over 125 ton of 
leaves and brush were processed. We have seen a substantial increase in 
recycling by our citizens due to the implementation of the pay-per-throw 
program. 

Began construction of a concrete area at the Recycling Transfer Station 
where we will put three containers. This will provide a safer way for residents 
to dispose of construction materials and metal products. 

Wired and installed new glass crusher at the Recycling Transfer Facility. 

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Moved stockpiled materials from the North Main Street gravel pit to the 
D.P.W. We also removed trees to provide a larger area for fill to be brought 
in from the school renovation projects. This Is being done in anticipation of 
the construction of new ballfields. 

Removed various dead or diseased trees and planted new trees and shrubs 
throughout the town. 

Cleaned and maintained all town buildings. Provided maintenance at all 
schools. 

Constructed two new wells at Alumni and Miliken Fields saving the cost of 
paying for town water for irrigation. The Alumni Field well will not be 
connected until the High School renovations have been completed. The 
Miliken Field well has been connected and works very well with the sprinkler 
system. 

Constructed temporary baseball field at the old Joseph Osgood School while 
renovations are being done at the Deer Hill and High School. 

Conducted and recorded 50 internment's at the various town owned 
cemeteries. 

Prepared $1.6 million Annual Operating Budget and $115 thousand Capital 
Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2003. 

The Department of Public Works would like to extend our appreciation to all 
town employees, boards and committees for their continued assistance and 
support during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Harold W. Litchfield 
D.P.W. Superintendent 



ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS 

The year 2001 was a landmark year for the Water Department. During 2001, 
the Water Commission achieved substantial improvements in every 
component of the water system and accomplished significant improvements 
to fire protection and water quality for Cohasset. 

Fire protection has been improved throughout Cohasset, from the 
construction of the new Scituate Hill Water Tank, the replacement of fire 
hydrants, installation of new fire hydrants, and the rehabilitation of water 

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mains which has resulted in vastly improved fire flows in many areas of 
Town. 

Water quality has been improved throughout Cohasset, from the cleaning 
out of the accumulated alum sludge from the Bear Hill tank, the flushing of 
the entire water system in April, the reconstruction of the flocculators and 
sedimentation basins at the Lily Pond Water Treatment Plant, and the 
continued cleaning & lining of water mains which has removed accumulated 
sediment resulting in cleaner water. 

In 2001, veteran Water Commissioner Rob Kasameyer was reelected and 
new member Glenn Pratt was elected to a one-year term to fill the un-expired 
term of former member Chip Muncey. Commissioner John McNabb was 
reelected Chairman, Kasameyer was reelected Vice-Chairman, and Pratt 
was elected Clerk. 

The Cohasset Water Department provides water for domestic consumption 
and fire protection to about 90% of the Town of Cohasset, and which does 
not include the North Cohasset area serviced by the Hingham Mass- 
American Water Company. The water system encompasses about 36 miles 
of water mains, 2,395 service connections, and 338 fire hydrants. During 
2001, about 230,000,000 gallons of water were produced and pumped to the 
distribution system. 

CONTRACT OPERATIONS. American Water Services continued as the 
contract operator for the Water Department. Based on the results of a 
comprehensive performance evaluation we conducted in late 2000, and the 
excellent service provided to our ratepayers by 

Superintendent George Hawksley and the other American Water employees, 
the Water Commission voted unanimously on December 28, 2000 to 
continue their contract for an additional three years. 

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. Our fiscal situation continues to be sound. 
Through skillful management of existing financial resources, we have been 
able to continue our aggressive system-wide capital improvements program 
without raising the water rates since 1997. We have expended over 
$5,816,000 in capital improvements projects since the 1997 rate increase - 
which is over 2.5 times the $2,130,000 in spending that the rate increase was 
planned to fund. Through further review of our debt structure, with the 
assistance of the Town Accountant and Town Treasurer, we have also 
determined that we can fund another $3,500,000 in capital improvements in 
the next few years without raising water rates. The Water Department is 
entirely self-supporting from user fees and other fees and charges, including 
the fire hydrant rental fee from the Town, and do not receive any property tax 
revenue from the Town of Cohasset. 

SCITUATE HILL TANK. The construction of the new tank was the largest 
construction project for the Cohasset Water Department since the 

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construction of the Lily Pond Water Treatment Plant and the Aaron River 
Reservoir in 1978. The realization of the benefits from the new tank was the 
result of many years of effort by the Water Commission. During 2001 , the 
new 1 .8 million gallon Scituate Hill tank was put on line, which significantly 
improves fire protection by guaranteeing more than adequate fire reserve for 
the entire town during all operating conditions. Furthermore, having the 
second tank on line has allowed us to flush the entire water system for the 
first time in decades, which resulted in additional improvements to water 
quality. 

BEAR HILL TANK. The new Scituate Hill tank also gave the water system 
needed redundancy in storage, which allowed us to take the existing Bear 
Hill tank off-line and to drain, clean, inspect, sandblast, and repaint the tank. 
Cleaning out the accumulated alum sludge from the Bear tank has Improved 
the overall water quality for the water system. Fortunately, the tank did not 
have any major structural problems and needed only minor repairs. The Bear 
Hill tank was repainted to eliminate the unsightly green color and the "racing 
stripe" on the top to a more pleasant light blue color that blends into the sky 
in most weather conditions. 

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM. We improved fire protection, water quality, and 
water services for many areas of town through the following rehabilitation 
projects which total 12,140 feet, or over 2 miles, of the distribution system 
which were completed during 2001 : 

Beechwood Street - Cleaned & lined 4,690 feet from King Street to 
RIverview Drive 

Elm Street & Summer Street - Cleaned & lined 3,920 feet of water main. 
Border Street - Replaced 900 feet of 6" pipe with 10" pipe. 
Rustic Drive - Replaced 750 feet of undersized 6" with 8" pipe. 
Stevens Lane - Replaced 890 feet of undersized 1" & 2" with 8" pipe. 
Hugh Strain road - Replaced 430 feet of undersized 4" with 8" pipe. 
Howard Gleason road - Replaced 290 feet of undersized 4" with 8" pipe. 
FIRE FLOW IMPROVEMENTS. These completed water distribution system 
improvements resulted in these documented increases in attached chart. 

LILY POND WATER TREATMENT PLANT. We replaced the flocculators 
and sedimentation basins, in a major reconstruction of these key 
components of the Plant, which has resulted in greater clarity of the finished 
water that leaves the Treatment Plant and improved water quality for all 
water customers. We also completed a number of other Plant improvements, 
such as roof repairs, new doors, and repairs to the HVAC system. 
LONG RANGE PLANNING. The Water Commission believes in long range 
planning and not only develops long range plans but implements them. We 
have been annually implementing and updating the 1995 distribution system 
capital improvements plan developed by Tutela Engineering. Flow tests 
conducted before and after distribution system improvements allow us to 
constantly assess the condition of the system, the results of the capital 

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projects, and to prioritize future improvements. Tiie Lily Pond Water 
Treatment Plant Capital Improvements Plan, developed In May 2000 by 
Weston & Sampson, has also been implemented annually in cooperation 
with American Water. We have also begun the process to develop a long 
range financial plan to ensure that needed water system Improvements can 
continue for the next 20 years and into the future and have completed a long 
range water supply protection plan. 

WATER SUPPLY PROTECTION. Our watershed protection consultant, 
Norfolk Environmental, in 2001 completed a long-range Water Supply 
Protection Plan which sets forth the soup to nuts measures we need to take 
to ensure the continued good quality of the water supply. In 2001, the Town 
took a major step for greater protection of the watershed at the March 2001 
Annual Town Meeting by amending and updating the Town Water Resource 
District bylaw and Hazardous Material Bylaw, and by increasing the size of 
the Water Resource District to fully protect the newly delineated zone of 
contribution for the Ellms Meadow Well (see new Water Resource District 
map at the end of this Report). 

In 2001, the Water Commission took the Wolf Pit property by eminent 
domain, to protect this key area from development which could adversely 
affect watershed quality, using $150,000 authorized for this purpose by the 
March 2001 Annual Town Meeting. 

Through Norfolk, we have also been monitoring the condition of the 
watershed for Lily Pond and keeping track of the status of the identified 
potential threats to watershed quality, including the Cohasset Heights Ltd. 
landfill, the HIngham Annex hazardous waste site. Browns Auto Garage in 
Dept Court, various hazardous waste sites in Wompatuck State Park, and 
the old Beechwood Dump off Doane Street. Norfolk has continued to monitor 
groundwater wells in the bedrock fractures which may carry contaminated 
water from Cohasset Heights landfill to Lily Pond, with no detection of 
contaminants in the fractures to date, and has established monitoring wells in 
the Depot Court area to delineate the contaminant plume from the 
underground petroleum spill from Browns Auto which may threaten the Ellms 
Meadow Wellfield. 

WATER SUPPLY. The Cohasset Water Department continues to have more 
than sufficient supply of water. One measure of the health of our system is 
that, yet again, we did NOT have to impose an outside watering ban during 
the summer, unlike virtually every other town in this area, which did impose 
such a ban. The Cohasset Water Department did not have such a ban in 
2001 because of the vast capacity of the Aaron River Reservoir and Lily 
Pond, which combined have a total safe yield of 3.5 million gallons per day - 
when our maximum daily demand has been about half that, at about 1.7 
million gallons per day in the Summer. Also, we have not had such a ban 
since the water emergencies of 1994-95 because of our continued 
rehabilitation work on the water system, where our annual program of water 

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main replacement and the cleaning & lining of water mains has resulted in 
continued improvements to water flow to ratepayers throughout Cohasset. 
Projections indicate that our existing supply should be more than sufficient 
for Cohasset's needs for the next 20 years at least and most likely much 
longer. 

WELLFIELDS. In 2001, the Water Commission received approval from the 
state for the reconstruction of the Ellms Meadow wellfield, except that the 
wellheads could be reconstructed only during the winter to avoid damage to 
the habitat to an endangered species. We then began the process to 
reactivate the Ellms Meadow wellfield, by awarding the contract to rebuild the 
wellheads over the winter. Later in Spring 2002 we plan to construct a new 
pump house and connect the Wellfield to the system. At the November 5, 
2001 Special Town Meeting we received approval to borrow $250,000 for 
relocation of the Sohier Street Wells, when reimbursed by the MBTA. Since 
the Sohier Street wells are located too close to the Greenbush Railroad right 
of way, the MBTA has committed to relocate them as part of their mitigation 
package. Once the wells are relocated, the Water Commission will construct 
a new pump house and connect them to the system. Reactivation of the 
wells will provide an additional water supply which will be useful to 
supplement the supply in times of high demand, and will serve as an 
emergency supply since the capacity of both wellfields together is sufficient 
to provide the minimum needs of the town in times of emergency. 

PUBLIC EDUCATION. During 2001, we continued our ongoing public 
education program, which includes the annual "Water Quality Report" 
produced every year by July 1 as required by federal regulation and mailed 
to every resident of Cohasset, and our quarterly newsletter "Your Water 
Department" which is sent to every ratepayer in their quarterly bills. In the 
"Water Quality Report" we reported that the drinking water is in compliance 
with all state and federal regulations. 

LEAKS FIXED. In 2001 we fixed 11 leaks in water mains. 

GRANT APPLICATIONS. The Water Commission regularly applies for all 
available grant money to supplement existing funds. In 2001 we applied for 
$1,700,000 in zero interest loans from the state Drinking Water SRF grant 
program for capital improvements to the Treatment Plant and distribution 
system. We also applied for Technical Assistance Grants to provide funds for 
review of hazardous waste sites in the watershed and various other grants. 

COOPERATION WITH OTHER TOWN DEPARTMENTS. The Water 
Commission also permitted the Police Department to put their 
communications antenna on the new tank, at no cost, and to place their 
repeater equipment in the underground altitude valve chamber which saved 
the Police Department about $30,000 because they did not need to construct 
a new building to house the equipment. We also have cooperated with other 
Town Departments in a number of other ways, such as: 

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Perform quarterly billing for Sewer Department 

Provide periodic clerical assistance to Sewer Department 

Lent backhoe to Town DPW twice as requested 

Lent compressor to Town DPW twice as requested 

Worked with Town DPW to raise all street gate boxes on roads that were 

being paved 

Assisted Town DPW with installation of well at Milliken Field 

Purchased required parts and assisted in the installation of the new irrigation 

line for the Woodside cemetery 

Alternate purchases of cold patch with Town DPW 



SECURITY ISSUES. As a result of the September 1 1 attack on America, 
water systems across the United States have been required to take a closer 
look at security issues. The Cohasset Water Commission has responded by 
taking appropriate steps to increase basic physical security for all Water 
Department facilities, to update and improve our emergency response plan, 
and to keep informed about the information, guidance, and recommendations 
from the federal and state government and the waterworks industry which 
have been developed to deal with this situation. 

HINGHAM WATER. During 2001, the Water Commission was approached 
by the private HIngham Mass-American Water Company to discuss the 
potential sale of water from Cohasset to the Hingham system. The Cohasset 
Water Commission has been exploring this issue and expects to bring this 
issue to a vote at the March 30, 2002 Annual Town Meeting. 

WATER COMMISSIONERS. At the March 2001 Annual Town Meeting, the 
article proposed by the Water Commission was adopted for the Town to file 
special legislation to allow Water Commissioners to serve in other Town 
appointed positions. This bill, S-1872, would clarify existing wording in the 
special legislation that governs the Cohasset Water Department to correct 
obsolete language that appears to prohibit Water Commissioners from 
holding other appointed Town Positions. At the end of 2001 this bill had not 
been passed by the Legislature, which has until July 30, 2002, the end of the 
current 2-year session, to pass the bill. 

CONCLUSION. During 2001, the Cohasset Water Commission has taken 
many major steps, which have succeeded in improving fire protection and 
water quality for our ratepayers. We have accomplished these important 
achievements within our current rate structure, since our financial position 
remains sound. The Board of Water Commissioners and Water Department 
would like to thank all the Town officials, boards, and committees who have 
assisted the Water Department and the Board throughout 2001. We will 
continue to seek improvements to the water system in the coming years for 
the benefit of all ratepayers and to the Town of Cohasset. 



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Respectfully submitted. 

BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS 

John K. McNabb, Jr., Chairman 
Robert E. Kasameyer, Vice-Chairman 
Glenn A. Pratt. Clerk 



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SEWER COMMISSION 



The year 2001 was an active year for the Sewer Commission. The 
construction contracts for the new sewer system serving North Cohasset and 
for the expanded Central Cohasset District (including Lilly Pond) were 
essentially closed out after completion of contractor punch list items. 

As of year-end, connection permits had been issued for 98% of the houses in 
North Cohasset and 60% of the houses in the expanded area of the Central 
District. 

In late 2000, some of the grinder pumps in North Cohasset began 
experiencing spurious shutdowns, apparently brought on by lightning storms, 
cold weather and miscellaneous other conditions. The manufacturer 
determined that the problem was in the electronics associated with the 
grinder pumps, and provided corrective electronics for all pumps. This 
correction was completed in October, and preliminary indications on the 
success of the fix are favorable. 

The grinder pumps are now being "initialized" to allow them to communicate 
electronically with the monitoring system at The Wastewater Treatment Plant 
(WWTP). 

Infiltration/Inflow flow monitoring commenced in April to identify extraneous 
flow in the sewer system. Tidal and wet weather infiltration and inflow 
continue to Influence the original collection system and additional system 
repairs are anticipated to be scheduled for next year. 

The performance of the WWTP is excellent, and all effluent concentration 
parameters are well below the limits in our discharge permit. An operations 
monitoring contract with the membrane filtration manufacturer was 
negotiated to keep the treatment system at peak performance. Landscaping 
improvements were made at the WWTP and at the remote pumping stations 
to improve upon post-construction aesthetics. Additional Treatment Building 
Aesthetic Improvements are now being formulated to soften the look of the 
building. Improvements will be based heavily upon area resident input. It is 
anticipated that the building improvements will go out to bid in early 2002. 

Three sewer articles were approved by the March 31 Annual Town Meeting. 
One article appropriated $30,000 for investigation and improvements of 
inflow and infiltration into the old existing piping, and this work is proceeding 
as discussed above. 

Another article established an Enterprise Fund for the Sewer Commission. 
This provides the framework for the Commission to fund operation, 
maintenance, and capital improvements from sewer use revenue, 

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As explained to Town Meeting and subsequently voted by the Commission, 
partial recovery of depreciation expenses will be built into sewer use fees. 
Depreciation will be recovered for equipment, wiring, controls, and pump 
stations. However, the long-lived components of the system, i.e. the 
structure of the WWTP, the concrete tanks, and the collection system piping 
will be excluded from rate determination. 

The depreciation funds recovered through sewer use fees will be kept in a 
separate interest-earning account by the Town Treasurer, and will be used 
for upkeep of all systems. Thus, we do not anticipate going to Town Meeting 
to raise funds from the tax base until and unless any of the non-depreciated 
items need replacement. 

The other article was the appropriation of $200,000 to fund preliminary 
engineering and environmental studies to provide for municipal sewering of 
the houses in the Little Harbor Watershed area. This would add some 300 
houses and buildings to the roughly 827 In Central and 280 in North 
Cohasset that have municipal sewerage. The preliminary costs estimate for 
this is $12 million, according to an engineering study submitted to The 
Commission in December 2000, paid for by funds appropriated in the 2000 
Annual Town Meeting. 

Henry A. Rattenbury, Jr. retired from the Sewer Commission this spring. He 
was first elected in 1 989 and gave the town twelve years of dedicated service 
during the period of time that the new North Cohasset system and the 
Central Cohasset expansion were conceptualized, negotiated with the State, 
engineered, and put into successful operation. He was particularly effective 
during the construction phase of these projects, where he served as the 
Commission's liaison with the people impacted by the construction. Sean 
Cunning was elected in March to take Mr. Rattenbury's place, and has 
quickly become a contributing Board member. 



Respectfully Submitted: 

R. Gary Vanderweil, Jr. 
Raymond Kasperowicz 
Sean Cunning 



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COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY 

The Cohasset Housing Authority is a public agency with a five member 
Board of Commissioners, four of whom stand for town election and the 
remaining Commissioner is appointed by the Governor. 



Commissioner Term Expires 

Anne C. Barrett, Chairwoman 2004 

Ralph Perroncello, Vice Chairman 2002 

John D. Muncey, Treasurer 2006 

Joanne Young 2005 

Richard J. Silvia, Governor's Appointee 1997 

(The Governor's Appointee remains in the position until such time as a new 

Commissioner is appointed.) 

The Cohasset Housing Authority has a staff of three. 

Marilyn A. LeBlanc, Executive Director 
Florence E. Manna, Administrative Assistant 
James V. Masciolo, Maintenance Supervisor 

According to their By-Laws, the Board of Commissioners meets on the fourth 
Tuesday of each month and holds Its annual meeting In June. 

Cohasset's subsidized housing Inventory includes state units numbering 64 
of Chapter 667 Elderly/Disabled housing located at 60 Elm Street and 12 
units of chapter 689 Special Needs housing located at 72, 74 and 76 Elm 
Street, these 78 state units are subsidized by the Department of Housing and 
Community Development. The 31 federally subsidized Section 8 program 
provides rental assistance for families and Is funded by the Department of 
Housing and Urban Development. Our annual subsidies are granted upon 
successful annual, semi-annual and quarterly reviews of management and 
regulatory compliance. 

Eligibility standards for our Elderly/Disabled complex, Harborview, were 
changed in 1998 to now Include that the maximum allowable income cannot 
exceed $35,100 and the age for admission Is 60. 

Our present Walt List consists of 42 applicants, 22 of whom are local 
residents. Local residents under state law have a preference on our Wait 
List. "Local Preference" as defined by state law Is "any applicant living and/or 
working in the Town". The Board of Commissioners recommends that 
application for subsidized housing at Harborview be made before the need 
becomes critical. There is approximately a one to two year wait for an 
apartment for a local resident and longer for a non-resident. 

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Modernization grants for capital improvements are awarded by our funding 
source, the Department of Housing & Community Development. Only one 
grant from the Department of Housing & Community Development remains 
incomplete. All others requested are complete. We anticipate our grant to 
reconfigure our walkways will begin in the Spring of 2002. A designer has 
been chosen and we anticipate that design meetings will begin in late 
January; plans approved in the early Spring and construction to begin late 
Spring or early Summer. We anticipate also, that repair to the road will be 
included during this phase. 

To date the grant to repair the walkways Is the only one outstanding and not 
completed from our 1994 and 1996 Condition Assessment Report. 

A Condition Assessment Report (our primary vehicle for grants awarded for 
Capital Improvements) for 2001 requested repair and siding for the building 
envelope and In addition an upgrade to improve site security. At this writing, 
site reviews and recommendations are being conducted. 

The Board of Commissioners continues to pursue their mandate of providing 
affordable, safe and secure housing, of reviewing and updating regulatory 
policies/procedures and remains diligent in the research of opportunities to 
create affordable housing for those with the greatest need. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Anne C. Barrett, Chairman 
Ralph Perroncello, Vice Chairman 
John D. Muncey, Treasurer 
Joanne Young, Assistant Secretary 
Richard J. Silvia, Assistant Treasurer 



ELDER AFFAIRS 

The year 2001 was one of adapting, adjusting and refocusing the mission of 
Cohasset Elder Affairs. The nature of our services has changed dramatically 
over the last few years, these changes have been "need-driven" by the 
Town's growing population of seniors - approximately 25% of residents are 
sixty and over. We have seen reductions in health care and social services; 
more and more families are turning to Elder Affairs for direction in searching 
for information on home care, assisted living, nursing homes, adult daycare 
programs, etc. Seniors are trying to stay in their own homes longer for 
various reasons, the primary ones being economics and lack of available 
apartments. Safety is often compromised due to increased health care 
needs. 

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This past year, more complex issues required higlier cliallenges to the levels 
of competency and professional expertise by our staff. On the social service 
side, the decrease in home care and agencies available to handle these 
needs obligated Elder Affairs to fill the void; at the same time Elder Affairs 
was approached by younger relatives seeking help for their parents who 
were looking for intellectually motivating and physically challenging activities. 



Programming: 

Information and Referrals - Trained staff and volunteers handle an average 
of fifty phone calls a day answering inquiries from seniors and family 
members regarding services and activities. Currently, the office has two 
phone lines that are constantly busy Elder Affairs has seen a marked 
increase in walk-ins looking for information and outreach assistance. 

Transportation: 

Elder Affairs uses three vans to transport seniors to medical appointments, 
food and mall shopping, social events, around town, etc. Two are equipped 
with lifts. Progress has begun to replace the 1989 Chevy Sports van that is 
difficult to access. There has been a tremendous increase in the number of 
seniors needing daily transportation to radiation, chemotherapy and dialysis 
commitments; these frail elders have no other means of getting to these life- 
sustaining treatments. Even if qualified, residents find the 'RIDE' unreliable 
while they are secure in the knowledge they can depend upon Elder Affairs 
to assist them in every way. The town funds 19 hours per week for one 
driver; South Shore Elder Services provides another 10 hours. Cohasset has 
no public transportation; Elder Affairs is the only alternative. Transportation Is 
also expanded through a special five town grant from the Executive Office of 
Elder Affairs that provides medical rides into Boston two days a week. Our 
transportation coordinator, Dolores Jakaus, has worked diligently to keep this 
program running smoothly for the past two years. 



Outreach: 

The increase in caseload and complexity has made it necessary for our 
Outreach Coordinator, Carol Barrett, to use all her creativity and nursing 
skills to cope with the today's issues. Carol has become involved with mental 
health, case management, seniors choosing to stay at home without health 
care services or proper supervision. Cuts in homecare benefits have 
Increased dependency on Elder Affairs to coordinate homemaking and home 
health services. Outreach works with organizations, private home health and 
homemakers, mental health counselors, clergy, protective agencies, high 
school students and volunteers to ensure that Cohasset seniors are able to 
remain comfortably at home for as long as they choose. 



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SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders): 

Cohasset Elder Affairs is fortunate to have two SHINE counselors, Eleanor 
Smith and Carol Barrett. They are available, free of charge, to assist seniors 
with the ever changing world of health insurance. . Anyone in need of their 
service may call the Center to schedule an appointment. Both Eleanor and 
Carol are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to 
ensure that seniors receive unbiased information. In light of changes and the 
increased cost of health and HMO coverage, the number seeking help has 
increased dramatically. 

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Elder Affairs depends significantly upon wonderful volunteers who assist in 
the many services the Center provides. In July, Patricia Clark (Tish) joined 
the staff as the Volunteer Coordinator. Since then, TIsh has recruited, 
trained and placed twenty-two new volunteers. This has more than replaced 

the workers who have had to leave due to illness or frailty. In May Elder 
Affairs' Board of Directors, honored over 150 volunteers at a special 
Recognition Dinner held at the Lightkeepers House in Cohasset. Mr. Emmett 
H. Schmarsow, COA Program Manager, Executive Office of Elder Affairs 
announced that the number of Cohasset volunteers was three times higher 
than the state average. Volunteers provided over 16,000 hours of in-kind 
services to the seniors of Cohasset. I would like to extend special thanks to 
these people who share themselves and their time so willingly with frail, 
isolated elders. The following volunteer opportunities are available at the 
Center: van drivers, clerical help, photographers, news writers, serving and 
preparation of food, instructors, program planners and organizers, visitors, 
escorts, health care professionals, lawyers, storytellers and any individual 
talent. Cohasset Elder Affairs is most grateful to the many people who have 
supported the Center's work over the past sixteen years. The Center is a 
testimony to the faith of the community. 

As the Director of Cohasset Elder Affairs, I would like to thank the South 
Shore Community Center for providing a home for the Center, the members 
of the Town Boards, Committees and Commissioners. Very special thanks to 
my Staff and Board for their sustained backing and assistance as we 
collaborated on very challenging issues. 

This report ends with the hope that the New Year will find creative and 
resourceful solutions to meet the growing needs of Cohasset's seniors. 



Respectfully submitted, 
Kathleen R. Bryanton, Director 



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THE COMMITTEE ON TOWN HISTORY 

The Committee on Town History was estabiislied by a special Town Meeting 
vote in October 1996 and was charged with the responsibility of writing 
Volume III of the Narrative of Cohasset's History, 1950-2000. 

The Committee has held over 40 meetings since its organizational meeting in 
January 1997. Its most important decision was the selection of Jacqueline M. 
Dormitzer as author for Volume Ml due to be published in June 2002. 

The Committee currently has 12 members, each of whom has brought 
special gifts, talents, and perspectives to our mission. 

As of this writing in January 2002, our intent is to print 3,000 copies of the 
book, consisting of approximately 420 pages with 5 chapters and over 100 
black and white color photographs with two colored maps illustrating the 
changes in our beloved town, 1950-2000. This book project has been a labor 
of love with contributions from so many of our fellow citizens as well as those 
on the committee who gave of their personal and professional time. 

We hope the final product we bring forth in June 2002 will meet our fellow 
citizens' expectations for a wonderfully realistic, stimulating and evocative 
history of the last 50 years in this special community. Only those reviewing 
these words in 2050 will know for sure. We Individually and collectively have 
done our best. 

Ultimately, we thank members of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager 
Mark W. Haddad and three town meetings, for their support and confidence 
in appropriating $65,000.00 for the town project. 

And finally, we gratefully acknowledge with warm appreciation the over 400 
people who placed advance orders for the book. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Wigmore A. Pierson, Chairman 
Ernest J. Grassey, Vice Chairman 
Molly M. Hochkeppel Pierson, Secretary 



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COHASSET COMMON HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION 



12 February, 2001 Meeting: Jacqueline B. Clark elected Chairperson, Garry 
Gardner elected Secretary. 

Roth Addition, 7 Highland Street approved unanimously 

Community Center will proceed according to previously approved plans. 

Discussion with CRC re: Landscape Preservation Grant Proposal. 

23 April, 2001 Meeting: Quarterly meeting schedule adopted; January, 
March, May and September or as required. 

Furtado residence, 63 Highland Avenue, re-siding and re-roofing, approved 
unanimously. 

Carriage House School revisions reviewed. First will return for formal 
presentation for approval at next scheduled meeting. 

CCHDC supported Grant Proposal for funding Common Landscape 
Preservation and Historical Research. 

14 May, 2001 Meeting: Members of Cohasset Historic Commission in 
attendance. 

By-laws reviewed to confirm that new construction and modifications to 
existing structures are allowed on contributing buildings within the Cohasset 
Common Historic District. 

CCHDC will provide letter recommending town apply for Landscape 
Preservation Grant. Board recommends that research of Landscape history 
be part of application, and that all findings receive Commission approval. 

First Parish House and Carriage House plans reviewed, Cohasset Historical 
Society requested redesign to preserve historic fa9ade. Will reconvene to 
consider changes as result of review comments. 

Furtado residence: plans submitted for review. Meeting scheduled to review 
plans submitted. 

Community Center Plans submitted; meeting scheduled for review of plans 
submitted. 

29 May, 2001 Meeting: First Parish House and Carriage House: Plans 
reviewed and approved with modifications preserving Carriage House 
Fagade, Full-length windows modified to match old windows. 



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Furtado residence: garage renovations, second floor and nortli sun room 
additions approved. 

South Shore Community Center: South addition unanimously approved. 

Bates residence, 53 Highland Avenue: Miscellaneous south and east 
renovations and additions approved. 

24 September, 2001 Meeting: Members Buick, Hartshorne and Havorka 
terms have expired. 

CRC Informs Commission of Grant awarded for Landscape Preservation, 
grant contingent on town matching state grant. CRC will contribute half of 
town's contribution. Warrant article to be prepared for Town Meeting to vote 
for funding and acceptance of grant. 

Larson residence, 55 North Main Street, approved application for new fence 
along Main Street. 

Clark residence, 23 Highland Avenue, approved enclosure of existing porch 
with glass and screen panels. 

Furtado residence, approve application for corner quoins. Will match those 
on Martin residence at 45 North Main Street. 

30 October, 2001 Meeting: John Havorka joins Committee. 

Liz Harrington attends to participate in discussion of RFP preparation for 
Landscape Designers for Landscape Preservation Grant. Plans required to 
be completed by July 1 , 2002. 

7 November, 2001 Meeting: Met potential designers for introduction to 
Common and Committee. 

Miscellaneous: Town Meeting approves matching funds for Landscape 
Preservation Grant. 

Interviews with Designers scheduled. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jacqueline B. Clark, Chairman 

Garry Gardner, Vice Chairman, Secretary 



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PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

The Trustees of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library, Sheila Evans, June 
Hubbard, Roger Lowe, Agnes McCann, Sarah Pease, Barbara Power, Carol 
Riley, Patience Towie and Roger Whitley, together with Janet Husband, 
Library Director, and staff directed their attention this year to maintenance of 
the existing building, programming and design of the new library at the old 
Joseph Osgood School, and operating an excellent town library within its 
budget. As last year, emphasis was placed on obtaining funding for the new 
library from three sources: the Town, the State and private fund raising. 

All three phases were furthered this year. First, to reduce increased project 
costs the Cohasset Library Building Fund successfully reached its new target 
of $1,100,000 in pledges. Second, the Massachusetts Library Construction 
Grant was awarded albeit unfunded and third Town Meeting enthusiastically 
endorsed permitting the project to proceed by borrowing the money until the 
grant proceeds were actually received. With all funding in place the 
construction contract was awarded in November to M. O'Connor 
Construction of West Roxbury and groundbreaking ceremonies projected for 
January of 2002. 

The Investment Advisory Committee, chaired by Barbara Power, again 
recommended a conservative Investment policy and a "take-out" rate of 4% 
and the board adopted that policy. The library Trustees continue also to be 
grateful to their volunteer advisors and for gifts of cash and stock received 
this year. The return on this generosity helps maintain library services. 

The Friends, chaired by Linda Wakeman, continued to enhance every aspect 
of library services. In addition to book purchases, fund raising, volunteer 
service at the desk to help with our increased circulation, payment for the 
Museum passes that save taxpayers thousands of dollars, the Friends 
assisted with receptions for three of our long time staff members who left the 
library this year. The library Trustees also wished Susan Watrous well in her 
retirement and Susanne Terry and Susan Pope well in their new positions. 

Finally, the library Trustees look fon^/ard to beginning construction of the new 
library at the old Osgood School. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Patience G. TowIe, Chairperson 



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SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL VACATIONAL - TECHNICAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Economic and Career Changes Require Flexibiiity and Broad Options for 

Lifelong Learning 

It has been said quite often of late that public education, in general, must be 
more responsive to the global marketplace, to the competitive needs of the 
business community, to a rapidly changing society. In many ways, 
Massachusetts Education Reform has been a response to those very 
demands. Vocational - technical education at South Shore Is responding as 
well. 

In three very concrete ways, South Shore Vo-Tech is meeting the challenges 
confronting Career and Technical Education in the Commonwealth and 
beyond. The Important fundamental Integration of basic academic skills with 
the ever- changing curricular expectations in the technical areas we teach 
makes the alignment with Massachusetts' Curriculum Frameworks and 
preparation for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System 
examination a daunting mission. But It Is a mission South Shore 
enthusiastically takes on and has had success in meeting. Vo-Tech has 
ranked in the very upper tier of vocational technical delivery systems 
statewide, and has demonstrated significant gains in the tenth grade scores 
on MCAS. Curricular alignment, added instructional, time, emphasis on 
writing and a lot of hard work by staff and students have borne fruit in 
positive ways. 

A second very real challenge is in maintaining close advisory ties with 
industry itself and in keeping up with the career technologies that students 
must be taught to gain a competitive advantage in the workplace. South 
Shore continues to serve as an important link to employers through a 
diversity of efforts including: 

Upgrading of equipment as needed to meet contemporary standards 

Expanding instruction In electronics and electrical to include 

emerging telecommunication technologies 

Emphasis on technical/work specific competencies 

Third party credentialing to further enhance student "marketability" 

through certifications, licensure, etc. 

Direct partnering with industry when practical and available 

Expansion of Adult/Career Education in the evening, often in 

partnership with employers. 

A very real and broadening development of multiple option opportunities for 
students including Cooperative Education, College Articulations, and 
Career/College combinations represents an exciting future for vocational- 
technical education at South Shore. 



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Community and parent involvement initiatives signify a third major area of 
growth at South Shore. As always, the combination of skills acquisition and 
community partnership can often go hand in hand. 

The South Shore Parents Association has become a key component to the 
school community, providing support for student activities, scholarship 
awards, and faculty/staff recognition. Among the student activities that have 
flourished of late are the Drama Club with continued award winning 
performances, state and national automotive competition excellence and 
back-to-back winning football seasons highlighted be a first ever MIAA Super 
Bowl appearance. 

The future will bring considerable emphasis on currlcular, program, and 
facilities progress and needs. South Shore Is in its second year of 
involvement in the national "High Schools That Work" initiative, a school 
improvement model which specifically targets technical school and career 
program districts. Planning is underway for a state/federally mandated 
coordinated program audit review as well as the traditional Decennial 
Accreditation Visit in the fall of 2003 by the New England Association of 
Schools and Colleges. 

Presently, 7 of the total enrollment of 533 are from Cohasset. June of 2001 
celebrated the graduation of Keri Anderson from the Town. 

All in all, it is a busy, productive time at South Shore Vocational Technical 
High School. We cherish the strong working relationship developed with our 
member towns and look forward to more of the same In the years to come. 



Respectfully submitted, 

South Shore Regional School Committee 



David M, Kneeland 
Cohasset Representative 



REPORT OF THE RECREATION COMMISSION 

It gives us great pleasure to report to residents, the activities of their 
Recreation Commission for the Fiscal Year 2001. 

During the year, approximately 5,000 individuals of all ages participated in a 
variety of structured programs, activities and events. While budget 
restrictions persist, our latitude of use of the Revolving Account Fund for 
100% Self-Supporting Programs are continuing under this financial 

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mechanism causing no impact upon taxpayers. In fact, via the Recreation 
Commission's policy to charge an Administrative Service Fee charge to all 
R.A.F. sponsored programs, taxpayers are reimbursed for the cost of the 
recreation budget. That is, revenues produced via Administrative Service 
Fee's, coupled with budget sponsored program fees, service fees and 
charges reimburses taxpayers for the budget of their Recreation 
Commission. Only revenue on deposit in the General Fund can be 
considered recapitalization revenue. 

During Fiscal Year 2001, ending June 30, 2001, the Recreation Commission 
produced for the General Fund $67,631.01. $2,800.00 was produced for use 
by the Commission via grants and matching grant funds. Concurrently, 
$29,001.14 was transacted via Revolving Account Funds for 100% Self- 
Supporting via fees charged participants for a variety of services. 
Approximately another $217,000.00 was transacted via other and direct Self- 
Supporting Financial systems during F.Y. 2001, manifesting a collective 
$316,432.15 of recreational services to residents. These figures do not 
include the thousands of man-hours that are annually donated by hundreds 
of residents, in support of a variety of program operations. 

Municipal recreation is for the benefit of all residents and we continue to 
direct our efforts towards assurance of equal access and opportunity to the 
entire community. To this end, a specific and calculated portion of revenue 
was not collected this year from residents who were temporarily unable to 
pay full fee charges for services. In many instances time was volunteered in 
lieu of full fee payments, benefiting the department and participants of 
programs. 

Programming represents only one aspect of the responsibilities, duties, and 
functions as prescribed and conferred upon the Recreation Commission by 
both Massachusetts General Laws and By-Laws of the Town. Continuing 
efforts are focused upon upgrading and renovating existing outdoor 
recreational facilities under jurisdiction of the Commission. 

It has been and continues to be, a blending of private and public resources 
and funding, that most facilities have been upgraded and/or renovated. 
Numerous Town departments and officials have continued to support our 
effort in this area for which we remain enormously grateful. 

The seven member, elected board of the Recreation Commissioner's, 
volunteer their services to the town and department meeting regularly in 
order to discuss a wide-spectrum of topics relative to the leisure needs and 
pursuits of all residents. Further, the Commissioner's establish policy, and 
provide departmental direction, support, and assistance. Each meeting is 
publicly posted at least one week prior to date and residents are cordially 
Invited to attend and participate in any meeting. Essential to our proper 
function, and absolutely vital towards success, is the ability to remain 



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responsive to the dynamic community needs. We consider your input and 
feedback our most Important source of guidance. 

Degree of community interest and support for recreational and leisure-time 
services can directly be measured by two essential factors. First and most 
logically, interest is measured by the level of participation by residents in 
various services. Secondly and perhaps as important, interest and support is 
readily recognizable by the extraordinary numbers of volunteers who donate 
their time, effort and expertise in conduct with a number of our programs, 
events and activities. 

The Recreation Commission wishes to acknowledge gratitude to the many 
individuals, civic and business organizations, school and sport's groups, 
Town Board, committees and departments who have lent their support and 
assistance in our efforts to best serve the recreational and leisure needs of 
residents of all ages. While too numerous to mention each name, none are 
forgotten and all are sincerely appreciated and thanked. 

Respectfully yours, 

Richard P. Barrow, Chairman 
Anthony J. Carbone, Vice-Chalrman 
Frederick H. Grassie, Jr., Secretary 
Lillian M. Curley 
David R. Marks 
Mary K. Muncey 
Wallace B. St.John 
John M. Worley, Director 

Youth Resources Committee 

It Is with distinct pleasure that the Youth Resources Committee submits their 
Annual Report to residents of Cohasset. 

During the past two years our primary focus was transforming the town's old 
highway garage into a Teen Center for Cohasset youth. 

The Garage opened January 8, 2000 and is available to the youth of 
Cohasset, grade 6 and over. As expected, we are able to satisfy the current 
costs of operation of the Garage, less personnel, via programs, special 
events/activities, dances and facility rentals. That is, charges and fees 
directly compensate operating costs of the Garage. I.e.: heat, lights, phone, 
upkeep and general maintenance. 

The Garage, when open for general use or rented for functions, sports video 
games, pool table, big screen TV as well as a variety of other electronic and 
non-electronic games. 



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The youth of Cohasset and members of the Youth Resources Committee 
wish to extend their most sincere gratitude to the numerous residents, 
business organizations, Town Boards, officials and departments who have 
generously donated money, time, effort, materials and supplies towards our 
project. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Jack Worley, Chairman 
Elizabeth Bates 
Jody Butman 
Tony Carbone 
Steve Etkind 
Ricky Grassle 
Mike McMlllen 
Matt O'GrodnJk 



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ANNUAL REPORT 

REPORT OF TOWN COUNSEL 

2001 

This year was a very active and successful year for the Law 
Department: 

1. Advice & Legal Documents . Numerous advisory opinions 
were rendered throughout the year to various Town officials and Boards 
relating to a wide variety of issues and subjects. Frequent and ongoing 
attention was given to reviewing and/or drafting Bylaws, numerous contract 
documents and agreements, easements, procurement documents, public 
road documents, Warrants for Town meetings (both special and annual town 
meetings), compliance with State Ethics Act, various Town rules and 
regulations, proposed legislation of benefit to the Town and other legal 
documents. 

2. Administrative Agency Proceedings . The Town was 
defended in a number of administrative agency proceedings pending in state 
agencies, including issues before the Appellate Tax Board, Department of 
Environmental Protection, the Superintendent of Public Records, and 
Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. 

3. Projects . We assisted with issues related to the Community 
Preservation Act, Heather Drive drainage issues, various private road 
issues. North Cohasset Sewer project (including easement/real estate 
issues, betterments and various other documents). Central Cohasset Sewer 
Project, licensing issues, Heggarty Property issues, the MBTA Greenbush 
line, Cohasset Heights Landfill issues, the new water tower and 40B 
Comprehensive Permit issues. 

4. Labor Issues . We assisted the Town in general employee 
matters and in connection with employee grievances, labor arbitrations and 
retirement issues. We also provided advice from time to time during the year 
regarding the interpretation and application of collective bargaining 
agreements and the processing of grievances. In addition, several non-union 
personnel issues, including possible disciplinary proceedings, occurred 
during this year. 

5. Litigation . As of December 31, 2001, the number of claims 
and lawsuits in which the Town is a party total 40 as follows: 

- 4 Matters involving the Board of Selectmen: 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Town of Cohasset . 
Suffolk Sup Ct, No. 38652 

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01579 



Sup Ct, C A 



Advocates for Transportation Alternatives, Inc.. et al. v. 
Town of Cohasset, et al. 

Plymouth Sup. Ct., C.A. No. 01-01148 
Vadar Systems, Inc. v. Town of Cohasset . Quincy Dist. Ct., 
Docket No. 

0156CV714 
Town of Cohasset v. C.J. P. & Sons Construction Co. . 
Quincy District Court 

No. 0156CV896 

Matter Involving the Water Commission 

Westwood Properties Limited Partnership. Westwood 
Properties. Inc.. GeneralPartner v. Town of Cohasset . 
NorfolkSupCt, No. 00-013. 

Matter involving the Sewer Commission 

Kevin Butler v. Town of Cohasset . Norfolk Sup Ct, No. 00- 

Matters involving the Conservation Commission 

Isabel Kellev v. Cohasset Conservation Commission . Norfolk 



No. 01-00538 
Bank of New York v. Chang and Town of Cohasset . Norfolk 
Sup Ct, C.A. 

No. 01-2355 
Cohasset Heights. Ltd. v. Cohasset Conservation 
Commission . Norfolk Sup Ct, 

C.A. 96-1886. 
Cohasset Heights. Ltd .v. Cohasset Conservation 

Commission . (Massachusetts Department of 

Environmental Protection ("DEP"), File No. 13-399. 
Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Cohasset Conservation 
Commission . Norfolk Sup Ct 

C. A. No. 97-0747 
Murphy v. Cohasset Conservation Commission . Norfolk Sup. 
Ct., C.A. 99-0867 
Nader v. Cohasset Conservation Commission and Town Of 

Cohasset . Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. No. 99-00741 
In the Matter of Steven S. Coury. c/o Jerusalem Road 
Limited Partnership . 

Docket No. 2000-189 
Cohasset Conservation Commission v. Donald Staszko . 
Norfolk Sup Ct, 

C.A. No. 00-2011 

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- 1 3 Matters involving the Zoning Board of Appeals: 

Emanuello v. Board of Appeals , Norfolk Sup. Ct., C.a. 99- 
905 

Cohasset Harbor Marina v. Board of Appeals and Kulkuskie . 
Land Court 259744 

Chief Justice Gushing Highway Corporation v. Board of 

Appeals . Massachusetts Land Ct, No. 243862 
Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Board of Appeals. Mass Land Ct 

No 247321 
Lualdi V. Board of Appeals . Norfolk Sup Ct, C. A. 98-1017 
Cohasset Harbor Marina v. Board of Appeals and Hurlev . 
Land Ct. No. 259078 

Trustees of Gulph River Realty Trust v. Board of Appeals. 
Norfolk Sup Ct. C.A. 

No. 00-859 
Planning Board v. Trustees of Gulph River Realty Trust and 
Board of Appeals . 

Norfolk Sup Ct, C.A. No. 00-858 
Aaron R. Hassan v. Board of Appeals . Land Court No. 
2668966 

Ellen M. Morrissev v. Board of Appeals . Land Court No. 
263788 

Cohasset Cove LLC v. Board of Appeals . Norfolk Sup Ct, 
C.A. No. 00-803 

Michael J. Hurley and Victoria C. Hurley v. Board of Appeals 
of Cohasset et al. . 

Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. No. 01-361 
Cohasset Harbor Marina, Inc. v. Board of Health . Land Court 
No. 270044 

- 3 Matters involving the Planning Board: 

Brewer v. Planning Board . Norfolk Sup. Ct., C.A. 98-1920 
Ellen Morrissev v. Planning Board . Norfolk Superior Court 
Civil Action No. 

01-01889 
David E. Walsh v. Planning Board . Norfolk Superior Court 
Civil Action No. 01-01881 

- 1 Matter involving the School Committee 

Goff V. Town of Cohaset . Norfolk Sup. Ct., C.A. 99-1174 
(insurance counsel) 

- 1 Matter involving the Department of Public Works 

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Claiborne v. Town of Cohasset . Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 99- 
01 105 (insurance counsel) 

-2 Matters involving the Harbormaster 

Cohasset Harbor Marina v. Harbormaster and Town of 
Cohasset . Norfoll< Sup. Ct., CA 99-1575 

Cohasset Harbor Marina. Inc. v. Town of Cohasset and 
Cohasset Harbormaster . 

Mass. Land Court No. 250344 

- 1 Matter involving the Building Inspector 

Aaron R. Hassan v. Robert Egan as Cohasset Building 
Inspector and Zoning 

Enforcement Officer . Norfolk Superior Court Civil 

Action No. 01-328 



Claims pending: 

Staszko V. Town of Cohasset (Police Department) 

Johansen v. Town of Cohasset (Department of Public 

Works) 

Johansen v. Town of Cohasset (School Committee) 

Simmons v. Town of Cohasset (Sewer Commission) 



Respectfully submitted, 

Paul R. DeRensis 
TOWN COUNSEL 



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SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 
ANNUAL REPORT 



It is with pride that we submit the Fiscal Year. 2001 Annual Report for the 
Cohasset Public Schools. 

Cohasset Public Schools 
Mission 



To encourage and expect maximum achievement 
through a supportive learning community which 
strives to develop ethical and responsible citizens 
who love to learn. 

Excitement is the theme this year as the construction projects are well on 
their way at the Deer Hill and Middle-High Schools. 

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in the spring with work continuing 
throughout the summer an ensuing school year. To date the projects are on 
schedule due to the combined efforts of the contractors, architect, teachers, 
School Committee, Building Committee and Town Manager. 

The Building Committee has selected Bay State Contractors of Pembroke for 
the Deer Hill project, and TLT Contractors of Wakefield for the Middle-High 
School project. A special thanks goes to Chairman Rob Spofford and the 
diligent work the Building Committee who have committed to these multiple 
year projects. 

On the school side, we were pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Jones as 
Principal of the Middle-High School, and Janet Sheehan as Principal of the 
Joseph Osgood School. Their leadership is welcomed in these exciting times 
with the changing school landscape. When the projects are completed we 
will become a PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 school district. Task Forces will be 
convened to plan for the new organizational arrangements. It is anticipated 
that the Deer Hill School will be completed by 12/02, and the Middle-High 
School by 12/03. 

Of critical importance in the year ahead will be our visit from the New 
England Association of Schools and Colleges, as we are examined for re- 
accreditation of our Middle-High School. Staff members are currently serving 
on a multitude of committees to prepare for the NEASC visit. 

Our MCAS test results continue to be in the high levels by comparison, and 
we have shown improvements at the elementary levels. In addition, the 



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schools have implemented remediation efforts for those students needing 
assistance. 

The School Committee has shown its support for the importance of 
appropriate class sizes, and have provided for additional teaching 
professionals at both the elementary and secondary levels. 

The future looks quite bright for the Cohasset Public Schools. We remain 
steadfast in our mission, and we remain one of the top educational districts in 
the State. 



Respectfully submitted, 



Dr. Edward Malvey 
Superintendent of Schools 



Cohasset Public Schools 
Foundation Enrollment October 1 



2001 



Girls 



Boy 



Total 



Half-dav Kindergarten 


47 


59 


106 


Grade 1 


66 


58 


124 


Grade 2 


59 


58 


117 


Grade 3 


56 


62 


118 


Sub total 


228 


237 


465 


Grade 4 


67 


68 


135 


Grade 5 


57 


55 


112 


Grade 6 


39 


55 


94 


Sub total 


163 


178 


341 


Grade 7 


51 


70 


121 


Grade 8 


63 


51 


114 


Sub total 


114 


121 


235 


Grade 9 


37 


38 


76 


Grade 10 


50 


40 


90 


Grade 11 


43 


38 


81 


Grade 12 


32 


50 


82 


Sub total 


162 


166 


329 


Total 


667 


702 


137 



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SCHOOLS. COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES ACCEPTING 
COHASSET HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS-CLASS OF 2001 



American University 

Amiierst College 

Assumption College 

Art Institute of Boston 

Atlanta College of Art 

Babson College 

Bard College 

Bates College 

Boston University 

Bowdoln College 

Bridgewater State College 

Bryant College 

California College of Arts and Crafts 

California Institute of Technology 

California Polytechnic Institute 

Carleton College 

Carnegie Mellon University 

Catholic University 

Champlain College 

Colby-Sawyer College 

College of Charleston 

College of Holy Cross 

Cuny College 

Dean College 

Denison College 

Emory University 

Fairfield University 

Fordham University 

Framingham State College 

Franklin Pierce College 

Furman University 

Georgetown University 

George Washington University 

Gettysburg University 

Hamilton College 

Hampshire College 

Hartwick College 

Harvard University 

Ithaca College 

Keene State College 

Lake Forest University 

Lasell College 

Lehigh University 

Loyola College 

Loyola University 

Lynn University 

Maine College of Art 

McGill University 

Merrimack College 

Mount Holyoke College 

New England College 

Nichols College 



Northeastern University 

Pace University 

Penn State University 

Pepperdlne University 

William Proctor Institute 

Princeton University 

Providence College 

Purdue University 

Quinnipiac College 

Rhode Island School of Design 

Roanoke College 

Roger Williams University 

Rollins College 

St. Anselm College 

St. Michael's College 

St. Olaf College 

Salem State College 

Salve Regina University 

Sarah Lawrence University 

School of Museum of Fine Arts 

Simmons College 

Simon Fraser University 

Skidmore College 

Stonehill College 

Suffolk University 

Trinity College 

Tufts University 

Tulane Univeslty 

Union College 

University of CA/Santa Barbara 

University of CA/Santa Cruz 

University of CA/San Diego 

University of Colorado/Boulder 

University of Hartford 

University of Maine/Famiington 

University of Maryland 

University of Massachusetts/Amherst 

University of Massachusetts/Boston 

University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth 

University of New Hampshire 

University of Puget Sound 

University of Rhode Island 

University of Southern California 

University of Vermont 

Villanova University 

Washington and Lee University 

Wentworth Institute of Technology 

Western New England College 

Westfield State College 

Wheelock College 

Williams College 



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SCHOOL PROFILE 

Cohasset is a residential community of about 8300 population situated on the coast 20 miles 
south of Boston. Most of the residents are engaged in professional and business occupations In 
the city of Boston. The town is one of a high socioeconomic status. 

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT 

Grade 9 - 77; Grade 10 - 91; Grade 11 - 81; Grade 12 - 82; Total - 331 

GRADE DISTRIBUTION 

Based on grades in academic courses only. 
2000-2001 A B C D F 

30% 45% 20% 3% 2% 

Students are ranked by the recommendations of the N.A.S.S.P. and A.A.C.R.A.O. 

PLEASE NOTE: Achievement standards and academic expectations are unusually high in 
this very traditional college preparatory high school. Students report an 
average of 2-3 hours of homework daily. In the past 1 years the average 
of all students pursuing advanced education was 91%. 

ACCREDITATION 

New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools latest accreditation 1992 
ADVANCED EDUCATION ( Class of 2001 ) 



4 Yr. Colleges 


2 Yr. Colleges 








Public Private 


Public Private 


Work 


Prep-School 


S ervice 


28% 59% 


6% 0% 


7% 


0% 


0% 



STUDENT - TEACHER RATIO: 9-1 (Includes All Professional Staff) 

58% of all academic classes have 20 or fewer students currently enrolled 

Each subject area is grouped homogeneously independently of other subjects. Each academic 
discipline has honors (Level 1) grouping. We have been a participant in the Advanced 
Placement Program for the past 39 years. Advanced Placement courses are offered in art, 
calculus, English, biology, computer science, European History, US History, Latin, Chemistry, 
French, and Spanish. Language courses employ the use of a language laboratory. 

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION CLASS OF 2001 

The mean scores below reflect the test performance of Cohasset High School Seniors. These 
scores are taken from the College Board 2001 ATP Summary Report. 

SAT I Mean Scores SAT II Mean Scores (5 or more tests taken) 

Verbal=558 Math=562 Biology 672 

Writing 645 

N.B. The Scholastic Aptitude Test Math Level IC 630 

was taken by 97% of the graduating Literature 646 

class. Math Level IIC 614 



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CLASS RANK AND GRADE POINT AVERAGE INFORMATION 

Class Rank and Grade Point Average are calculated by computer at the end 
of every year from Grade 9 through Grade 12. This information is readily 
available and students are advised to check their rank in class periodically In 
order to improve upon past performance and to assess their potential college 
admission. 

Class Rank and Grade Point Average are computed according to course and 
section difficulty. The three (3) levels of difficulty are: 

Advanced Placement courses 

Level one representing honors courses 

Level two representing a rigorous college preparatory program 

Non- academic electives have no weight and therefore have no bearing on 
Class Rank or Grade Point Average. 

WEIGHTING SCALE 



Curriculum 


Advanced 






Levels 


Placement 


1 


2 


A 


5.00 


4.33 


4.00 


A- 


4.67 


4.00 


3.67 


B+ 


4.33 


3.67 


3.33 


B 


4.00 


3.33 


3.00 


B- 


3.67 


3.00 


2.67 


C+ 


3.33 


2.67 


2.33 


C 


3.00 


2.33 


2.00 


C- 


2.67 


2.00 


1.67 


D+ 


2.33 


1.67 


1.33 


D 


2.00 


1.33 


1.00 


D- 


1.67 


1.00 


.67 



Example: A grade of B in an Advanced Placement course would receive a 
weight of 4.00 while a grade of B in a Level 2 academic subject would 
receive a weight of 3.00. In other words, there is a difference of a full grade 
between an Advanced Placement grade and a grade in the Level 2 Program. 



GRADING SYSTEM 



A = 94-100 


C =74-76 


A- = 90-93 


C- = 70-73 


B+ = 87-89 


D+ = 67-69 


B = 84-86 


D =64-66 


B- = 80-83 


D- = 60-63 


C+ = 77-79 


F = Below 60 



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ADVANCED PLACEMENT GRADE DISTRIBUTION 

BY EXAM AND MEAN SCORES 

(5 or more test takers) 



EXAM 


5| 


4 


13J 


2| 


MEAN 

SCORE 

1 Mean 


Biology 


8' 


3 


1 






4.58 


Calculus 




3 


5 


1 


- 


3.22 


Comp. Science 




3 


- 


- 


3 


3.13 


Eng. Lit. 




7 


6 


- 


- 


3.95 


Eng. Lang. 




10 


2 


2 


- 


3.83 


Spanish Lang. 




- 


8 


3 


- 


2.73 


U.S. History 


14 


15 


12 


8 


. 


3.71 



Combined score for all A.P. Exams taken by Cohasset 
High School Juniors and Seniors in 2001 - 4.00 

Eighty Seven (87%) of all exams taken received a score of three or better 



GENERAL INFORMATION 

In September, 1997 Cohasset High School changed from an 8 period 42 minute scheduling model to a 5 period 90 minute 
block formaL This plan was instituted to better meet the mandates of time and learning under Massachusetts State Education Reform. 
As part of the restructuring, all study halls have been eliminated. Classes also rotate through the schedule and one period is dropped 
daily. With the block schedule, the length of courses varies from one quarter, to one semester, to three quarters. All students are 
required to take 3 quarters of English each year. Advanced Placement courses are a full year as well. The majority of the remaining 
academic classes are one semester in length. 



COURSE LEGEND 
WEIGHTED COURSES 

2001-2002 
Legend: Level 1 is honors, level 2 is college preparatory, AP is Advanced Placement 



COURSE 


LEVELS 


COURSE 


LEVELS 


COURSE 


LEVEL 






Science & Technology 








English 9 


(1.2) 


Investigating Matter 


(1.2) 


French 1 


(2) 


English 10 


(1,2) 


Investigating Energy 


(1.2) 


French 2 


(1) 


English 11 


(AP,2) 


Biology 


(AP.1.2) 


French 3 


(1) 


English 12 


(AP.2) 


Chemistry 


(AP,1.2) 


French 4 


(1) 






Physics 


(1,2) 


French 


(AP) 






Adv.Topics in Chemistry 


(1) 


Spanish 1 


(2) 


Algebra! 


(2) 


Adv. Topics in Physics 


(1) 


Spanish 2 


(1.2) 


Geometry 


(1.2) 


Anatomy & Physiology 


(1) 


Spanish 3 


(1.2) 


Algebra II 


(1.2) 


Enviormental Science 


(1) 


Spanish 4 


(1) 


Functions 


(1.2) 


Ecology 


(2) 


Spanish 


(AP) 


Pre-Calculus 


(1.2) 


Marine Science 


(2) 


Latin 1 


(1) 


Calculus 


(AP) 


Health 


(2) 


Latin 2 


(1) 


Comp. Science 


(AP.l) 






Latin 3 


(1) 


Math SAT 


(2) 






Latin 4 


(1) 


Practical Math 


(2) 






Latin 


(AP) 



COURSE 


LEVELS 


Social Studies 




Worid History 9 


(1,2) 


World History 10 


(1.2) 


U.S. History 


(AP. 1, 2) 


Su-eet Law 


(2) 


Psychology 


(2) 


Economics 


(2) 


Intemauonal Relations 


(2) 


Sociology 


(2) 


Current Domestic Issues (2) 


European History 


(AP) 


Cohasset Marine History (2) 


Fine Arts 




Art Major 


(1) 


Studio Art 


(1) 


An 


(AP) 


Photography Major 


(1) 



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INDEX 

In Memorlam 2 

Elected Officials 3-4 

Appointed Officers 5-17 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Moderator 22 

Registrars, Board of 18 

Selectmen, Board of 19-21 

Town Clerk's Report 23 

Index, Annual Town Meeting, March 31, 2001 24 

Annual Town Meeting, March 31, 2001 25-99 

Annual Town Election, April 7, 2001 99-103 

Annual Town Election, April 7, 2001 Recount 104 

Index, Special Town Meeting, Novembers, 2001 105 

Special Town Meeting, Novembers, 2001 106-129 

Vital Statistics , 130-138 

Election Officers, 2001 139 

Prospective Juror List 140 

Town Counsel 228-231 

FINANCIAL REPORTS 

Accountant 141-177 

Treasurer 178-179 

Collector 180-181 

Assessors, Board of 182-183 

LAND USE CONTROL 

Building Department 183-184 

Health, Board of 185-186 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council 187-188 

Planning Board 189-190 

Plymouth County Mosquito Control 190-192 

Recycling Committee 192-193 

South Shore Recycling Co-operative 194-197 



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PUBLIC SAFETY 

Fire Department 197-198 

Police Department 199-200 

Public Safety Communication 200-201 

Animal Control 201-202 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Cemetery Study Committee 202 

Public Works, Department of 203-204 

Water Commission 204-212 

Sewer Commission 213-214 

HUMAN SERVICES 

Cohasset Housing Authority 215-216 

Council on Elder Affairs 216-218 

Town History Committee. 219 

Historical Commission 220-221 

Paul Pratt Memorial Library 222 

Recreation Commission 224-226 

Youth Resources Committee 226-227 

EDUCATION 

South Shore Regional Vo-Tech High School 223-226 

School Committee and Superintendent of Schools 232-237 



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